S k a t e L o g
Inline Skating and Quad Roller Skating
Editor: Kathie Fry

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Email    

SKATING AROUND THE WORLD: Africa - Asia - Europe - Oceania - Pan America
Home --> Safety --> Injuries --> Deaths --> Drunk Carla Wagner Killed Skater Helen Witty

Roller Derby Books

Roller Derby Videos

SkateLog editor Kathie Fry
Kathie Fry, Editor

Venice Beach
What I Saw Skating in Venice Beach

Start Here
Site Map
Skating Styles
- [View More]
Protective Gear
- [ View More]
Message Board
Chat Room
Local Clubs
Group Skates
Skate Tours
Video Clips
Video Games
More Topics
Health Issues
How to Skate
Legal Issues
Police Skating
Sports Medicine
Web Sites
Where to Skate
- [View More]

Site Map
Quick Start

Drunk Carla Wagner Killed Skater Helen Witty
June 2000 in Miami, Florida

In June of 2000, drunk driver Carla Wagner killed inline skater Helen Witty near Miami, Florida. Both the driver and the skater were teenage girls. Here is what really happened that day.

MIAMI FLORIDA -- On April 10, 2001, 19 year old Carla Wagner pleaded guilty to Manslaughter While Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Marijuana, for killing 16 year Helen Witty, who was inline skating on a bicycle path near the road where Carla was driving.

In June of 2000, Carla Wagner was an 18 year old honor roll student at a Catholic high school in Coconut Grove, Florida - a bright girl with a promising future. But that all came to a sudden end on June 1, 2000 when her car veered off the road and smashed into 16 year old Helen Marie Witty, who was skating on a bike path adjacent to the road.

Blood tests after the accident determined that Wagner was legally drunk at the time,and had been smoking marijuana. Her blood-alcohol level was .09, and in the State of Florida, .08 is the standard for drunk driving.

This incident caused outrage in the community because Helen Witty was an A student, vice president of her high school class, a member of the drama society, and participated in a youth group at her Baptist church.

What really happened that day?

Here is a timeline:

  1. Friends reported that Carla Wagner drank as many as 12 shots of tequila in a friend's bedroom shortly before the accident, and she was also smoking marijuana.
  2. The girls piled into Wagner's new car, a silver 2000 Audi A4, and they allegedly went speeding toward Wagner's home, because she was rushing to get money from her parents before they left on an out-of-town trip. Wagner's friends said they were driving about 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
  3. When Wagner's friends warned her that she might be stopped by police, Wagner reportedly replied, "I don't give a f--- about the cops!"
  4. Wagner then reached for her cellphone. According to her friends, she looked at the phone to dial, took her eyes off to dial, her friends told police, she took her eyes off the road, lost control of the car, and veered off the road.
  5. At just that moment, Helen Marie Witty was inline skating southbound along a nearby bike path. According to a passing driver, the 16 year old saw the car coming but, terror-stricken, had no chance to avoid it.
  6. Wagner's car plowed into Helen Witty and killed her by crushing her against a tree.
  7. Wagner was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and was later released on $500,000 bail.
  8. After Wagner was freed on bond, her lawyers requested permission for her to travel to France for the summer. The motion was denied, and the request itself further harden public opinion against Wagner. If the case had gone to trial, Wagner could have received up to 25 years in prison. Instead she was sentenced 6 years in a juvenile institution, and she could be released after 3 years if Helen Witty's parents agree. Because she is not an American citizen (she is a citizen of Panama and France), Wagner could be deported after she is released from jail.

    Related Links
    Tragic Stories About Skaters Who Died
    Skating Injuries
    Skating Safety

Skating in Africa | Skating in Asia | Skating in Europe | Skating in Oceania | Skating in The Americas

SkateLog Forum

Michael, Kathie, and Glenn in Venice Beach
Join our friendly international skating community
Inline Skate Shop

Roller Skate Shop

SkateLog Forum

Michael, Kathie, and Glenn in Venice Beach
Join our friendly international skating community

Skating In: Albania | Andorra | Asia | Austria | Estonia | Europe | Norway | Liechtenstein | Portugal | United_Kingdom

Skating Topics: Aggressive | Articles | Artistic | Bearings | Beginners | Books | Clubs | Countries | Countries | Events | Fitness | Forum | Group Skates | Health | Helmets | History | Hockey | Hydration | Ice | Injuries | Ice | Legal | Lessons | Magazines | Sports Medicine | Naked | Nutrition | Organizations | Police | Posters | Protective Gear | Safety | Skateboardingl | Skaters | Skates | Travel | Video Clips | Video Games | Videos | Web Sites | Wheels | Where to Skate

SkateLog Forum
Scuba Doll
Hawaiian Music
Ask About Sports
Web Site Editor
Kathie Fry Dot Com
Pictures of Kathie
Venice Beach Skating
U.S. States
Arizona for Visitors
California for Visitors
Hawaii for Visitors
Nevada for Visitors
New Mexico for Visitors
U.S. Cities
Los Angeles for Visitors
Miami for Visitors
Do It In Long Beach
Continental Travel
Do It In Africa
Do It In Asia
Do It In Europe
Do It In Oceania
Do It In The Americas
More World Travel
Travel Guides International
Vietnam for Visitors
Do It In Thailand