A Skokie woman charged with driving under the influence of drugs in a May accident that claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy sobbed in court this morning as prosecutors and her defense attorney failed to agree on a plea deal.
Hanin Goma, 23, of the 5000 block of Wright Terrace in Skokie, was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death and misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs after the May 22 accident that killed Carter Vo, of the 4600 block of Madison Street in Skokie.
Goma has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but prosecutors and Chicago defense attorney Mike Goggin have been meeting with the judge in the case, and Goma could have taken a plea bargain this morning. When that didn’t happen, Goma was scheduled for a Jan. 4 hearing. If a plea deal isn’t reached then, a trial date could be set.
Prosecutors declined to say what any plea bargain would include. But with the seriousness of the charges, and Goma's previous drug arrests, it would likely include jail time.
Prosecutors have previously cited Goma's arrest for drug possession, and also said Goma failed to attend court ordered drug school classes in that case. In addition, they said Goma had been charged with leaving the scene of another accident earlier this year, and that she was out on bond at the time of the accident that killed Vo.
Goma, who is being held in lieu of bond in the Cook County jail, sobbed openly in court this morning as Vo's parents sat passively in the courtroom.
According to investigators, Goma was driving from her cashiers job at the Grecian Kitchen and as she turned left onto Main Street in Skokie from St. Louis Avenue, she struck an eastbound van — causing her car to spin over the median and land on the northeast corner sidewalk, where Vo was riding his bike.
Authorities say Goma’s car pushed the bike across St. Louis Avenue, where it continued to slide until it hit a parked car. Vo, a second grader at Madison Elementary School in Skokie, died at the scene.
Prosecutors said that blood and urine tests showed that Goma had cannabis and amphetamines in her system when the crash happened.