$250,000 bond in DUI crash that killed Skokie boy

Suspect Hanin Goma, 23, Skokie

May 23, 2012 6:14:03 PM PDT
Felony DUI charges were filed Wednesday in a crash that killed Carter Vo, 8, earlier this week.

Carter was struck and killed by a car while he was riding his bike on Monday. Prosecutors say test results indicate Hanin Goma, 23, had traces of several drugs in her system -- including marijuana and amphetamines -- when her vehicle struck the boy at the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Main Street in Skokie. They say she also admitted to using marijuana. She is charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence and one misdemeanor court of driving under the influence of drugs, and failure to yield at a stop intersection.

For Nhu Vo, the focus isn't on the alleged DUI driver, but on his son.

"I am waiting for my son's body. Give me back my son," Nhu Vo said Wednesday as he called for the medical examiner to release Carter's body. "The family cannot even see him, cannot even have closure for him. I want to have services for him."

On Wednesday the medical examiner said the office had released Carter's body, but could not say if it had been picked up.

Goma has several past driving violations, including a previous drug possession conviction.

"We are not arguing, but we do not know all of the facts," Goma's stepbrother, Jacob Jacob, said. "We will support her either way. We have faith in the system and justice will be served."

Goma is being held on a $250,000 bond. If released, she will have to submit to weekly drug testing and must surrender her passport.

Carter is survived by his mother, father and a 2-year-old sister.


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