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Drunk Driving

**Updated 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15

The woman killed early Saturday morning in what Racine police say was a drunk driving and hit-and-run accident has been identified.

Lakethia Richardson, 43, of Racine, was killed after the car she was driving was hit and flipped over onto its roof.

Police say a 33-year-old man is facing vehicular homicide charges because he was drunk when he hit and killed Richardson early Saturday morning.

According to a press release from RPD Sgt. Jessie Metoyer, officers responded at 3:20 a.m. Saturday to the corner of 13th Street and Memorial Drive for a report of a traffic accident.

When police arrived, they found one vehicle on its roof with the 43-year-old female driver trapped inside. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene on foot but was quickly apprehended.

Richardson later died of her injuries, and officers determined the man, of Racine, was driving under the influence.

He is the Racine County Jail facing felony charges of homicide by operation of a vehicle while intoxicated, hit and run resulting in death, and operating under the influence – 2nd offense.

The suspect in this case will most likely be formally charged during an initial appearance Monday. We will update this story after that court date.