Sorry for waiting so long to post this. April sent me a tip about this on Monday, but until today, I could not find an article saying that the driver had a child of her own – only that she had killed someone else’s child.
Anyway, the innocent looking, sweet-faced thing at the top is Carmen Huertas. On Saturday Night (actually midnight-thirty Sunday morning), the drunken sot got behind the wheel of her Mercury Sable, with seven little girls, all between the ages of 11 and 14, riding as passengers. One of the girls was her daughter. Another was 11 year old Leandra Rosado. At the time of the wreck Carmen’s blood alcohol level was .132.
There are several levels of ‘wrong’ to this incident, so I will take my time and discuss each of them. I am nothing, if not thorough…..
First, the girls were all at Huertas’ house for a sleepover being held for Huertas’ own 11 year old daughter, when Carmen decided to go to a party being held by her ex-boyfriend at his place. Am I the only person who sees the problem with this? Let’s see…I let my child invite over several friends, and THEN load them all up and take them to a party where alcohol will be served. Anybody besides me think this is a supremely bad idea? Anyone? Anyone? Ferris? I’m not sure if it’s illegal to take 11- to 14-year olds to a party where alcohol is being served, but it is certainly not wise. Or ethical. I wonder how many of the parents gave her permission to take their kids to a party, hmmm?
Second, the car that she loaded the seven children in was a Mercury Sable. Does anyone see a problem with that? Would it help if I told you that three of the girls were thrown from the car when it wrecked? Would anybody like to guess why? That’s right! There are only five seats in a Mercury Sable. That means only five seat belts. Three of the girls were riding unrestrained. Wait! – isn’t there a law that says children under the age of sixteen have to be buckled in? Yeah, I thought so. So now in addition to being irresponsible, she is now breaking the law.
Third, upon arrival at the party, she decided that drinking was OK, even though she knew she was going to be responsible for getting the children home later. Again, the drinking in and of itself may not have been illegal, but it was definitely not a smart choice.
Fourth, after drinking herself stupid, she piled all seven girls back in her Sable, three of them sans seat belts, and began the drive home. Who wants to guess whether driving drunk is legal in New York City? Yeah. It’s not. That’s two laws she’s broken, now. Plus four kinds of stupid.
But that’s not all – she also drove at speeds in excess of 80mph. I’m fairly sure the speed limit in NYC is not 80, as a matter of fact, I’d be surprised if it’s over 55. Another law broken, another level of idiocy. Where does it end? Unfortunately not there, because then Carmen’ own daughter began pleading with her mother to slow down. You would think that, as a mother, the pleas of her daughter might have some effect on Huertes, but they did not. The response of the tanked-up tramp was to laugh and say, “You think this is fast? Just wait until we get on the highway.” Absolutely sickening. You can find the entire timeline of the evening as reconstructed by witnesses here.
When the deadly drunk lost control of her car, it then rolled several times and slammed into a tree, ejecting three of the girls. See, kids….you see why there are seat belt laws? The three without seat belts flew from the car. If you ask me the woman should wrap her arms around her knees and kiss her own ass that she only killed ONE child that night. It could have been infinitely worse.
I’m sure Carmen then had the audacity to cry and look pitiful at the scene, hoping it would gain her some sympathy. She has been charged with driving while intoxicated, and vehicular manslaughter. I, personally, think she should be charged with murder. She knew her actions could kill someone, and she didn’t care. By my count, she is now up to four laws broken, and six ways to stupid.
Huertas sustained only a broken arm in the accident. No big surprise there. Usually those who drive drunk and kill others end up with the least injuries in the accident. All that alcohol relaxes them to the point that they just ‘flow with it’, and bounce instead of breaking. Too bad.
And now Carmen, who is in the hospital, has said she wants to kill herself. Can I get a great big, “AWWWWWW, poor baby!” Yeah, I didn’t think so. I hope they plaster her cell with photos of the little girl she killed, so she has to look at her every day for her entire sentence. I hope they are also kind enough to get a tape recording of Leandra’s father’s voice, listing all of the wonderful qualities his daughter possessed, and make Huertas listen to it every day, all day long, as well.
I’d like to thank April not only for the tip, but also for allowing me to use one of her favorite quotes in this article. She knows which one it is.