July 17, 2009 (OSWEGO, Ill.) --
An important ruling has come down in the case of an Aurora woman charged with killing five teenagers in an apparent drunk driving crash.An appellate court says possibly incriminating videotaped statements made by Sandra Vasquez may be used at her trial. Vasquez was interviewed from her hospital bed several hours after the accident in Oswego back in 2007.
Defense attorneys argued that the statements should not be used in the trial because police took advantage of Vasquez's weakened state and didn't properly inform her of her rights.
Prosecutors say she was behind the wheel when a car carrying eight teenagers crashed into a utility pole. Four died at the scene, and one died later.