Charges in crash that killed NY girl

October 23, 2009 2:40:22 PM PDT
Prosecutors say a mother accused of drunkenly causing a high-speed wreck that killed an 11-year-old urged her seven young passengers to raise their hands if they thought they'd crash on the way to a slumber party. The Manhattan district attorney said Friday that Carmen Huertas was indicted on charges including manslaughter, assault and driving under the influence of alcohol in the Oct. 11 crash.

Her lawyer didn't immediately return a telephone call. Huertas remains hospitalized with a shoulder injury. Her arraignment isn't expected until next month.

Huertas, with a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit when she allegedly drove recklesslessly on the Henry Hudson Parkway nearly 2 weeks ago, after piling 7 girls into her car, one of them, 11-year-old Leandra Rosado who was killed in the crash.

"She was my best friend. She was, everywhere I went," said Lenny Rosado, the Leandra's dad.

And so he'd like to see Huertas behind bars for decades but Manhattan's District Attorney said further charges would go beyond the law.

"We're constrained to live with the law as it is...but she can go away for a long time," he said.

Witnesses report that Huertas was so reckless that night, she even asked the girls to raise their hands if they thought she'd make it home without crashing.

Web Produced By: Scott Curkin
(The Associated Press contributed to this article)

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