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Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter of Girl, 11



    Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter of Girl, 11
    Leandra Rosado

    Drunk driver Carmen Huertas plead guilty to manslaughter for the car crash that killed 11-year-old Leandra Rosado last October, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance reports today.


    Last November, New York passed Leandra's Law, which makes drunk driving while a child is in the car a felony.

    Huertas will be sentenced on October 1.  State Supreme Court judge Charles Solomon had told Huertas that if she pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree, her sentence would be somewhere between the maximum and minimum penalties, 5 to 15 years in prison or probation, respectively.

    "In pleading guilty to the charges against her, Carmen Huertas is acknowledging criminal responsibility for this tragic incident," said Vance in a press release.  "it is my hope that the family of victim Leandra Rosado can derive some small measure of comfort from today's events, and from the fact that her death inspired the swift passage of Leandra's Law."

    Last October, Huertas became intoxicated at a party and then later picked up six of her daughter's friends from Manhattan for a sleepover at her house in the Bronx.  Her own daughter was in the car as well.   She was speeding on the Henry Hudson Parkway -- the posted speed limit is 50 miles per hour, but a NYPD investigation concluded that Huertas was going 68 miles per hour.  

    Additionally, according to court documents most of the girls were not wearing seatbelts.  They begged Huertas to slow down, but Huertas reportedly ignored their pleas and subsequently lost control of her vehicle.  She struck a tree and the car flipped, killing Leandra.  Her Blood Alcohol Content was .132 percent, well over the legal limit of .08.