Updated 10/23/2009 10:29 PM
Woman Indicted On Manslaughter Charges In Crash That Killed Girl
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The woman at the wheel of the car that crashed, killing an 11-year-old girl and wounded six other young children was indicted Friday on manslaughter charges.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau unsealed a 16-count indictment against Carmen Huertas. She faces charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and assault.
She faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
“I can’t think of a more serious crime, more outrageous conduct,” said Morgenthau. “But we're constrained to live with the law as it is. But she can go away from a long time.”
Authorities say on October 11th, Huertas, 31, was driving her daughter and six friends from a party in Chelsea back to her Bronx home for a slumber party when she crashed her car on the Henry Hudson Parkway at 96th Street.
One of the passengers, Leandra Rosada, 11, was killed.
The other six were hurt and one is still hospitalized in serious, but stable condition.
The district attorney says during the ride, Huertas played a guessing game with the children, asking those who thought they would make it home without crashing to raise their hands.
Morgenthau said the woman's blood alcohol limit was well over the legal level when she crashed.
The investigation continues into the actions of the father of Huertas' son, who removed their 14-month-old boy from the car, but let her drive away with the other children still inside. Charges could still be brought against him and others at the party who didn't stop her.
Rosado's father said he still has many questions.
“What happened at that house? How come others never took the initiative and just left it on one man?” said Lenny Rosado.
Huertas is not set to be arraigned until the middle of November because she is still hospitalized with a shoulder injury from the crash. Hospital officials say she's also undergoing psychological tests.