Driver admits fault in suit over teen's death

Caroline Goss reacts on the stand during her apology to the Marino family. Caroline Goss, who fatally struck teenager Joe Marino,15, in August, 2009, accepts a plea deal and apologizes to the victim's parents in court. Photographed at the Riverhead Supreme Court. (Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan/Newsday)

August 9, 2012 3:07:53 PM PDT
It's almost as if three years of grief came out in this one moment.

Dorothy Marino was embraced by her husband Phil Marino just moments after Caroline Goss admitted on the stand that she was drinking before she hit and killed the Marino's teenage son, Joseph, back in 2009.

"To hear her finally admit that the reason he's not here is because she was drunk, that's was this is all about," Dorothy Marino said.

But Marino says it's also about reminding Goss of what she did. During the criminal case witnesses testified that 15 year old Joseph Marino of Hampton Bays swerved into the road on his bike just before Goss hit him.

Goss, a single mother, was sentenced to six months in jail. She served four.

Under the terms of today's settlement in the civil case, Goss will now have to write Dorothy Marino a personal check for $300 on the 15th of every month.

"So for the next 20 years every time she writes that check she's going to remember why she's writing it," Marino said.

Goss' attorney says she was all for it.

"She didn't want to put the family through the traumatic aspects of the trial and have to relive the death of their son," defense attorney Anthony Palumbo said.

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