Police said Soukvilay Barton stopped after she realized what happened. According to USA Today, she was later arrested and taken away in tears.
Barton is being held on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicle manslaughter, the Press Enterprise reported. Her bail was set at $75,000.
The man allegedly killed by his daughter in his own driveway had survived the horror of civil war in Southeast Asia in the 1970s.
According to the Press Enterprise, Bounmy Rajsombath, 69, was a defense department official in Laos. After Vietnam’s communist revolution spread to Laos, he ran a refugee camp in Thailand.
“He had to swim across the Mekong River to get to Thailand because the communists had come to kill him,” a man who said he was Rajsombath’s son-in-law said. “They were killing all the Laos military that helped the United States.”
In 1979, Rajsombath came to the United States and found work as a plumber, sometimes working for free for those in need.
“He was a person that everybody loved,” his son-in-law said. “He was a very respected man in the Laos community.”