Jan 13, 2022 7:42 PM

Rapid City woman given 25 years for fatally striking friend

Posted Jan 13, 2022 7:42 PM

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City woman accused of driving drunk and fatally hitting her friend with a vehicle during an argument has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Pennington County prosecutors say 51-year-old Rochelle Seminole had a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit in May of 2019 when she argued with 37-year-old Kimberly Clifford in the parking lot of a Rapid City Walmart.

Witnesses say Seminole attempted to run over Clifford, but missed and then backed up and struck her.

Originally charged with first-degree murder, Seminole pleaded guilty last month to vehicular homicide and aggravated assault in Clifford’s death.