Driver pleads guilty in Halloween DUI fatal, mother of victim speaks out
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Faith Love, 12, was struck by a car and killed, as she crossed the street while trick-or-treating last Halloween.
On Monday, the driver who hit her, plead guilty to driving under the influence causing death. That guilty plea will likely result in a reduced sentence for Justin Caramanica. As part of his deal with prosecutors, one count of reckless driving was dropped.
Now, instead of standing trial, Caramanica will be sentenced by a judge in November. According to the Clark County District Attorney's Office, the 41-year-old faces anywhere from two to 20 years in prison.
Faith Love's mother, Rocquell, shared her frustration with Action News.
"Nothing can bring my daughter back, but I still want him to serve the maximum punishment," she says. "He took her away. If I want to talk with her, I have to go to a graveyard. I have to get in my car, and ride to a cemetery to spend time with her. The pain never goes away. I'm constantly reminded of her absence."
Meanwhile, Caramanica is able to be home with his family, until his sentencing. He's just not allowed to drive, and must wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.
"That's not fair," Rocquell says. "Not making the right choice is still a choice, and in his case, it killed my daughter."
Caramanica was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs when he hit Faith just before 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2011. It happened near the intersection of Sandstone Bluffs Drive and Wesley Lake Place in Summerlin.
Witnesses say Caramanica was speeding, and driving recklessly. The area was full of families trick-or-treating.
Action News reached out to Caramanica, and his attorney, but did not hear back.