Hearing postponed for man accused of running over daughter

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The preliminary hearing for a man charged with drunken driving in an incident that killed his 12-year-old daughter has been postponed.

Richard Benton, 53, of Wilkinsburg, is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing April 21. He did not have an attorney on file today.

Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Benton picked up his daughter, Shamera Harris, at the Waterworks Mall Feb. 23 and stopped the Ford Explorer near a home on Schenley Manor Drive in Stanton Heights.

Shamera's mother, Carla Harris, said Mr. Benton wanted to take a picture of his daughter because he thought she looked beautiful that night. He fiddled with the gearshift before getting out of the car, Ms. Harris told police.

The car reversed and dragged the girl, slamming into a tree, police said.

Shamera died at the scene about 8:20 p.m.

Police wrote in the complaint that when they arrived at the crash scene Mr. Benton smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech, was "unsteady" on his feet and had "glassy and watery eyes."

He faces one count of driving under the influence.


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