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Drunk getaway driver charged with accidentally killing partner in crime

Posted: 12:25 PM, Sep 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-12 23:22:19Z

A crazy string of events led to the death of a woman trying to steal from Walmart, and the person who police say accidentally killed her was her own partner in crime. 

Half an hour after midnight on Saturday, three women were seen shopping at the Walmart on East Pulaski Highway in Elkton, grabbing several items like clothing, food, household goods - nothing too out of the ordinary. The three women, later identified as Chermaine Tee Mayo, Donisha Jaquil Harris, and Keneesha Cunningham, were then seen carting away over $1,193 worth of items without paying. 

A Walmart security guard approached the women asking for a receipt, but they never showed one and continued to walk out the store towards their car. They started to load their car with the stolen goods while the security officer was taking pictures of the women.

But when the security guard tried to take a picture of the license plate, one of them jumped in front of the plate and sat on the trunk as they drove away. At this point, Cunningham was sitting on the trunk of the car, Mayo was driving, and Harris was in the passenger's seat. 

As Mayo was trying to get out of the parking lot and flee, she hit a curb. She then continued to drive backward and hit a second curb, knocking Cunningham off of the trunk and pinning her under the car.

Mayo tried to keep driving away, but between being stuck on the curb and Cunningham under the car, it would not move. Mayo and Harris then ran away towards the Royal Farms and Chili's without helping their partner stuck under the car. 

While officers arrested Mayo and Harris they smelled alcohol on Mayo's breath. They later found an open container in the passenger section of the car.

When paramedics got to the parking lot they tried to get Cunningham out from under the car but declared her dead on the scene. 

Both Mayo, 38-years-old, and Harris, 26-years-old, are from Wilmington, Delaware and are facing multiple theft charges. Since Mayo was the driver, she is being charged with Negligent Manslaughter, Negligent Auto Homicide Under the Influence, Reckless Endangerment, as well as the theft charges.