Friend of dad killed in DUI wreck: 'It's not fair'
Shauna Miller, 26, was charged with driving under the influence in the deadly wreck on Spring Mountain Road on March 23, 2013. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A fatal accident over the weekend took the life of father James White.
"What happened here was not right, wasn't fair, his whole life was his girlfriend and that baby," said Tracy Valdez, a neighbor and family friend of White and his girlfriend.
White's 2-year-old son was in the back seat of his car when police said a Hummer, driven by 26-year-old Shauna Miller, struck the father and son.
The child was taken to the hospital and is alright.
While police are still investigating who ran the red light which caused the accident, they said Miller should not have been behind the wheel.
"In the case that happened over the weekend, it was DUI and prescription drugs," said Sgt. John Sheahan, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
According to her arrest report, Miller told police she had drunk several beers and taken a Xanax pill while working as a dancer at the Spearmint Rhino strip club.
The report says Miller told police she took the Xanax pill at 8 p.m. the night before, while she drank her last beer at about 4 a.m. that morning. The accident occurred just after 7 a.m.
Miller failed a field sobriety test, telling officers she didn't have a prescription for Xanax and that she usually got the pills off friends and other people inside the club.
Sheri Brown is the head of JC's Girls Women Ministry, which reaches out to women in the adult entertainment industry.
"Unfortunately [alcohol and drug use] kind of runs rampant in the clubs," Brown told FOX5.
Brown said many exotic dancers use drugs and alcohol at work as a crutch to get through their shifts.
"I know a lot of girls just really need to numb themselves ... I think it starts out kind of innocently, when you first start working in the club it's like not a big deal, here's a drink, this will relax you, you know here take this pill you'll be fine, and next thing you know it almost feels impossible to do it while you're sober," Brown said.
But police and White's friend agree Miller made a life-changing mistake.
"It's just not fair that people can drink and drive or have medications in their system and drive and then kill somebody," Valdez said.
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