DATE: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, 12:42 a.m.
LOCATION: Henry Hudson Parkway at West 96 Street, Manhattan.
A Bronx mom has been charged with manslaughter and drunken driving after she lost control of her van on the Henry Hudson Parkway early Sunday morning and caused an accident that killed an 11-year-old girl in her vehicle.
Carmen Huertas, 31, of Walton Ave in the Bronx, was charged after she flipped her van, which was jammed with seven girls ages 11 to 14 coming home from a birthday party. Leandra Rosado, 11, of West. 17th Street was thrown from the van and killed. Two other children suffered serious injuries.
The Daily News reported that Huertas’ blood alcohol level was 1.5 times over the legal limit, and that several of the girls were not wearing seat belts.
The slain girl’s single dad, Lenny Rosado, told the News, “A drink is a drink, and you’re still driving under the influence. What was she thinking?”
The New York Post reported that right before the crash, Huertas declared, “Who thinks something’s going to happen? Raise your hands. Who thinks we’re going to get into an accident?
All of the girls, the Post said, raised their hands.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 12, 2009