Woman Charged With Manslaughter, DWI After Hit & Run Crash

A Jacksonville woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and drunk driving after police say her car struck and killed a man who was crossing Highway 24.

Latonya Berry is charged with involuntary manslaughter, DWI, felony hit and run, as well as other traffic charges.

Police say around 2:30 a.m. Thursday they found Rudolph Simeone dead after the 27-year-old Maysville man tried to walk across the three westbound lanes of the highway. As an officer was responding to the accident he spotted the suspect's car and stopped it on New Bridge Street.

The 24-year-old woman is in jail on a $26,500 bond.

A Department of Correction search shows Berry was convicted in 2005 for possession of schedule II narcotics and given probation.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Goldsboro on Dec 28, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    Lets see. Second Degree Murder. (Killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offenders obvious lack of concern for human life.) Sound like that fits the crime a bit better
  • by JusticeForAll on Dec 27, 2010 at 09:39 PM
    She should have been charged with First Degree Murder, not Involuntary Manslaughter. She VOLUNTARILY drank alcohol, and VOLUNTARILY drove her car, and VOLUNTARILY left the scene of hitting the victim. She should be getting the death penalty, not a slap on the wrist...
  • by reader Location: washington on Dec 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    SHE GOT OFF TO EASY, 26,500 BOND AND PROBATION AND A MAN IS DEAD, NOT FAIR,I KNOW SOMEONE GOT COUGH WITH 10.00 CRACK AND WAS ON 35,000. BOND LOOK AT THIS PICTURE SHE SHOULD HAVE GOT TIME, THAT MAN LIFE MEANT SOMETHING TO HIS FAMILY, SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOME THAT TIME OF MORMING, I AM SICK,
  • by William Location: Greenville on Dec 26, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    This IS a tragic situation for sure!! You want to know how to prevent most all drunk driving?? Revoke EVERY on premise beer and mixed drink permit in the state...What happens when you go to a bar? Eventually they close and the people have to leave. Some are responsible enough to have a DD but most are not. Many did not intend to drink enough to be dangerous but the first thing to "go" is your reasoning and judgement. How about dining out and having a pitcher of beer with that pizza? Or "fine dining" with "sprits" (the politically correct name for beverages with very high alcohol concentrations. If a person wants to consume alcohol that is their right. That said, make them take it home or somewhere else they can stay. Why does the government permit this. One word. Money. They worry about tax revenue. Does not that make the government culpable also?? Please do not misunderstand. I am NOT defending drunk driving.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Dec 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    To: Anonymous, apparently you are NOT smart enough. A person who plans to go out drinking with no DD, with plans to return home after their partying, has made a conscious decision that they MIGHT have to deal with a drunk driving charge and possibly with the death of innocent victims. PLEASE don't compare drunk driving to someone turning their head & accidently killing someone, GET REAL. Drunk driving crashes are called crashes because the word "accident" can not be applied logically & rationally because an accident is something that happens suddenly and unexpectantly. This does not apply to drunk driving as it is a deliberate decision made most likely when the individual is sober. I have been involved in 2 crashes, one when I was 1 1/2 along with my mama & 2 1/2 yr old brother and one when I was in my mid-30s with my two very young children. Maybe the news story is too close to home. Anyway, spending time in prison for this female is JUST & FAIR punishment.
  • by V on Dec 23, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    Anonymous@6:00PM,Nice comment dude or dudette!HICCUP!BURP!That comment reeks of drunken slobber.
  • by To anon Location: enc on Dec 23, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    I can't believe you're comparing drunk driving with eating or reaching for something. Sure, you shouldn't do those things but they're momentary things. If you're drunk, you're not in control the entire time you're behind the wheel. Get real!!!
  • by V on Dec 23, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    Madea,the way this picture looks I doubt she is loosing any sleep over this whimpy charge.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    Our Lovely Justice System For Ya!!! Cops Bust 'em And The Judges Charge Them A Hefty Fine, And Suspend Their Sentence, What Good Is A Suspended Sentence!!!! So They Can Go Out And Drink And Drive AGAIN!!! Make More Money!!! It's All About The Money Now Days!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    Yeah I am scary very scary. Yet I am smart enough to know that drunk driving is not the only thing that can kill on the highway. It is funny how somethings are treated like accidents and others murder. If I turn my head while driving, hit someone, and kill them that means that I am responsible for someone death and should be punish like a drunk driver or like someone using a cell phone. Like I said before anything you do on the road besides actually driving and paying attention can kill you or someone else. People just act like you are deadly when you drink and drive. I eat while driving I could kill someone. I turn my head to get something out of my purse I could definitely kill someone. So stop acting like drink and driving is the only way people get killed on the highway. All of these things should be a law, but unfairly they are not.
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