A woman has been arrested in Southern California for allegedly driving under the influence and striking a pedestrian. Police say the suspect drove for more than two miles with the injured pedestrian on her hood. (Nov. 27)
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Jump to: navigation, search Chante Jawan Mallard is a woman from Fort Worth, Texas, who was convicted and sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment for her role in the death of a 37-year-old homeless man, Gregory Glen Biggs.
The incident occurred on October 26, 2001 when Mallard's car struck him; at the time Mallard was believed to have been driving while intoxicated by drugs and alcohol. The force of the impact sent Biggs flying through the windshield, lodging him there.
Mallard then drove home, leaving the injured Biggs stuck in her windshield, and parked her car in her garage.
After the accident Mallard did not notify the police nor did she get Biggs any medical attention, even though she was a former nurse's aide. When Biggs died an unknown number of hours later, still in the windshield of her car in her garage, she called a male friend, Clete Jackson, for assistance. Mallard, Jackson, and Jackson's cousin Herbert Tyrone Cleveland, took the body to a park and left it there, even going so far as to set fire to part of the car in an attempt to disguise the evidence. The three were each convicted on charges of tampering with evidence for this action.
Mallard became a suspect after she was reported talking and laughing about the incident at a party some four months after the events. "I hit this white man," Mallard allegedly told acquaintance Maranda Daniel, laughing. During the trial, Tarrant CountyMedical ExaminerNizam Peerwani testified that, had Mallard taken Biggs to a hospital, he would have recovered from his injuries. Other experts testified that they agreed that Biggs would have survived. "There's not a member of the Fort Worth Fire Department that could not have saved Mr. Biggs' life," testified Capt. Jim Sowder. Mallard was convicted of murder in June 2003, with the 50-year murder sentence and 10-year tampering sentence to run concurrently. She will be eligible for parole in 2027.
Mallard's case would later be adapted as an episode of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Anatomy of a Lye", aired May 2, 2002) and also as an episode of Law & Order ("Darwinian", aired January 7, 2004 - though the driver is allowed to plead guilty to obstruction of justice after an autopsy reveals that the accident was not the cause of the fatal head injury). The case is referenced briefly in the Drawn Together episode "Captain Hero's Marriage Pact" and in a parody song on the Russ Martin Show. A sub-plot in the My Name is Earl "Gospel" episode is also inspired by the case.
Films inspired by the events include Stuck (2007, with Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea), and Accident on Hill Road (2009, with Celina Jaitley and Farooque Shaikh.)
The needle tears a hole, The old familiar sting...Trent Reznor
My mom thought I'd just fade away and go write the Great American Seedy Disgusting Perverse Novel. Instead he's writing songs like "You must keep pepper in your pussy to act this mean"...Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes
I was asked if I was gonna go to a company gathering at a local bar holloween night, I told my boss no thanks I wont touch alcohol tonight with all the kids running around, I dont think I could live with myself if I ran over a child plus you would be all over the news. He said your right and cancelled it.