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Drink-Drive Death: Daughter Runs Over Dad
A man has been run over and killed by his daughter in the family driveway after he tried to stop her from drink-driving, police have said.
She ignored his pleas not to get behind the wheel, backed her BMW convertible out of the garage and struck him, officers added.
Witnesses in Riverside, southern California, said Soukvilay Barton, 37, had been drinking and was arguing with relatives at their home.
She was upset and planned to leave in her car, police said.
After the incident in Bush Avenue, Barton stopped the vehicle, saw that her father Bounmy Rajsombath was injured and sat sobbing before being arrested.
Mr Rajsombath, 69, was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Barton was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicle manslaughter and was held on $75,000 (£44,000) bail.
Family members have reportedly said the victim was a former Laotian military officer who helped US efforts during the Vietnam War.
A man who claimed he was his son-in-law told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that Mr Rajsombath ran a refugee camp in Thailand to help people escaping the conflict.
The man, who asked not to be identified, said: "He had to swim across the Mekong River to get to Thailand because the communists had come to kill him.
"They were killing all the Laos military that helped the United States."
Mr Rajsombath came to the US in 1979 and settled in southern California with his wife and four children.
The man added that Mr Rajsombath worked as a plumber before injuring his arm in a fall about 10 years ago.