Mom: Daughter didn't know she'd hit, killed a man - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mom: Daughter didn't know she'd hit, killed a man

Posted: Updated:
Police say Curteria Leuellyn was driving the car. Police say Curteria Leuellyn was driving the car.
Curtis "Woody" Echols died Saturday night as a result of being hit by a 2002 Chevy Malibu. Curtis "Woody" Echols died Saturday night as a result of being hit by a 2002 Chevy Malibu.
Curteria's mother, Akeitha, told Action news 5 that her daughter had been to a funeral, followed by a tradition repass on Saturday. Curteria's mother, Akeitha, told Action news 5 that her daughter had been to a funeral, followed by a tradition repass on Saturday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The mother of a woman charged in a hit and run car crash that killed a man says her daughter did not know she had hit anyone when she left the scene.

Curtis "Woody" Echols died Saturday night as a result of being hit by a 2002 Chevy Malibu. Police say Curteria Leuellyn was driving the car.

Curteria, 20, is charged with reckless vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, driving on a suspended license, and driving without insurance. She is locked up in the Shelby County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

Curteria's mother, Akeitha, told Action news 5 that her daughter had been to a funeral, followed by a tradition repass on Saturday. Her mother says Curteria had been drinking.

Curteria turned herself in to Memphis police on Sunday afternoon shortly after 3:30 p.m.

At 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, she posted a status on her Facebook page that reads, "On my way downtown keep me n yall [sic] prayers." By Monday morning, the post had 40 likes and several comments.

"I'm her momma, and I love her and I'm gonna stick with her 100 percent because this is something she did not intentionally try to do," Akeitha said. "She didn't see a man. Had she seen a him she would have stopped and waited for the paramedics. I'm sorry this happened."

"It's been so hard on me and my family. I can't sleep at night thinking about my daughter," she said."My heart goes out to the Echols family. I'm so sorry this happened, a tragic accident, but this was something my daughter didn't intentionally try to do."

Akeitha says Curteria knows Echols, who she says is Curteria's father's best friend's father.

"My dad, he was walking around there, they come through the gate and hit him," said son Dekarlo Echols.

"Woody" is a well known figure around Orange Mound and always out walking.

Get the latest from Action News 5 anytime: iPhone | iPad | Android | SMS Alerts | Email Alerts | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Copyright 2014 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow