Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Drunk, Distracted, and Dead Cyclist Yields 6 Month Sentence for Driver

A drunken Long Island driver who killed a cyclist while chatting on her cell phone has worked a plea deal for a 6 month term of incarceration according to a report by Selim Algar in this AM's New York Post.  This is an excerpt:

"A drunken Long Island driver who was swilling booze and gabbing on her cellphone before she crashed into a teen bicyclist, killing him, will get a measly six months in jail under a controversial plea deal.   Sloshed mom Caroline Goss, 34, of Mattituck had her 6-year-old son in the front passenger seat of her 2001 Jeep Cherokee, a glass of vodka next to her and a half-consumed bottle of vanilla vodka in the back seat when she hit Joseph Marino, 15, as he rode his bike in Hampton Bays last Aug. 13.   Goss -- a nurse with a previous 2003 DWI rap and 1997 cocaine-possession bust -- had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, more than 1½ times the legal limit, at the time."

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