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POLICE: Fort Pierce man was high on cocaine, prescription drugs when he hit and killed teen pedestrian

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Police arrested a 52-year-old Fort Pierce man they say was high on prescription drugs and cocaine when he hit and killed a 14-year-old girl walking down the street a block from her home on June 17.

Jesse Lewis McInerney, of 331 Johnston St., surrended Friday on vehicular homicide and other charges in the death of Brittany Hare, 14, of 5703 Palm Drive.

Hare was on her cell phone a block from her home walking south in the 5500 block of Palm Drive at about 9:45 p.m. when witnesses say McInerney struck her from behind, knocking her more than 100 feet.

A deputy and a witness performed CPR on the victim until St. Lucie County Fire-Rescue arrived and took her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. She suffered a broken back with spinal cord damage, a broken leg and massive internal injuries, according to the medical examiner.

According to the police report from St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, witness Dennis Christopher Scott said he had come upon McInerney stopped at Weatherbee and Midway Roads, unconscious behind the wheel. He honked his horn to get his attention and said McInerney abruptly awoke and sped off. Scott called 9-1-1 and tried to keep up with him as he hit 80-90 mph, telling dispatchers that McInerney was all over the road.

Another witness at the scene reported seeing McInerney after the wreck outside of his van, unsteady on his feet and pating his head, saying "I hit a child. I have to leave. I have to get out of here." Scott told police he prevented McInerney from leaving.

At the scene, McInerney told police that he was driving at the speed limit when the victim jumped out in front of his van. He said he tried to help rescucitate the girl but people at the scene wouldn't let him.
McInerney is being held on $325,000 bond for DUI manslaughter, attempting to leave the scene of an accident with death, and vehicular homicide.

A toxicology report on McInerney's blood showed evidence of cocaine, oxycodone, benzodiazapines and alprazolam.POLICE: Fort Pierce man was high on cocaine, prescription drugs when he hit and killed teen pedestrian

Monday, July 23 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

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