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Driver pleads guilty to crash that killed 8-year-old Skokie boy

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Hanin Goma, 23. Hanin Goma, 23.
Carter Vo, 8. Carter Vo, 8.
SKOKIE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A north suburban woman who caused a crash that left an 8-year-old boy dead last summer pleaded guilty Thursday to driving under the influence of drugs and now faces up to 14 years in prison.

Prosecutors claimed 23-year-old Hanin Goma of Skokie admitted smoking pot hours before causing a three-vehicle chain-reaction crash that killed the Skokie second-grader.

SEE: 8-year-old boy fatally struck by car while riding his bike in Skokie

Goma, of the 5000 block of Wright Terrace in Skokie, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of aggravated DUI resulting in death, and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

Because she entered a blind plea with no plea agreement, she faces between 3 and 14 years in prison when she is sentenced on March 20 by Judge Lauren Edidin, according to the state's attorney's office. By law she will have to serve 85 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.

The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. on May 21, 2012, when Goma's vehicle, traveling south on Saint Louis Avenue in Skokie, tried to turn left on Main Street and hit an eastbound vehicle, Skokie police said.

Sgt. Dave Pawlak said at the time her vehicle struck the other at an angle and kept going, traveling over the median and onto a sidewalk where the boy was riding.

The boy and the bicycle were carried by the vehicle until it crashed into a parked car and came to a rest westbound on St. Louis. The vehicle traveled about 150 feet or so after the driver lost control, Pawlak said.

Carter Vo, of the 4600 block of Madison Street in Skokie, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. An autopsy found he died of head and brain injuries from the crash.

Blood and urine tests performed after the accident showed Goma had marijuana and amphetamines in her system, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Goma told investigators she had smoked pot earlier in the day, and a man told police he had smoked the marijuana with her. She was taken to Skokie Hospital, where tests found marijuana and amphetamines in her system, prosecutors said.

Goma has been held in the Cook County Jail on a $250,000 bond since her initial court hearing on May 23.

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