With tears running down her cheeks and her voice breaking with emotion, a Bronx mom finally admitted yesterday that she took seven children on a drunken hell ride that ended with one girl lying dead on the side of a Manhattan highway.
Carmen Huertas, 32, pleaded guilty to all 16 counts against her stemming from the tragic October 11, 2009, crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway in which she taunted her terrified young passengers, “If you think I’m going to crash, raise your hand!”
Huertas broke down in sobs when Justice Charles Solomon asked her if she’d caused the death of 11-year-old Leandra Rosado.
“Yes,” Huertas said, as her voice cracked. She also admitted being drunk on cognac and speeding with the six girls — including her own daughter — in the car.
The girls had been placed in Huertas’ care for a slumber party — and she’d taken them to another party in Chelsea without informing their parents. Huertas was driving them back to her Bronx home around 12:30 a.m., when she lost control of her station wagon and flipped it over, tossing Leandra from the car and onto the side of the road.
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