NEW YORK (AP)—A Bronx mom, accused of driving drunk and causing a car crash that killed an 11-year-old girl, asked her seven young passengers to raise their hands if they thought they would be involved in a crash on the way to a slumber party, prosecutors said Friday.
Carmen Huertas was indicted on charges including manslaughter, assault and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the Oct. 11 car wreck that killed 11-year-old Leandra Rosado. She faces at least 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
Prosecutors said Huertas drank large amounts of cognac at a birthday party in Chelsea before eight children - including her daughter and 14-month-old son - piled into her 1998 Mercury Sable around 12:30 a.m. Five of the children were reportedly not buckled into their seats.
Eduardo Henriquez, the father of the toddler, snatched his boy from the car after he realized Huertas may have had too much to drink. According to prosecutors, he did not try to remove any other children from the car. It is unclear whether or not he will face charges as the investigation continues.
Leandra, who was in cardiac arrest when medical personnel arrived, was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Huertas - who was reportedly driving 68 mph in a 50 mph zone - lost control of her vehicle on the Henry Hudson Parkway. Three children were ejected onto the shoulder of the road.
Huertas had a blood alcohol level of .132, which is way above the state's .08 legal limit. She suffered a broken shoulder and is expected to be arraigned in mid-November.
The other children in the car, who were mildly injured, are expected to survive.