The woman charged in a May crash that claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy today declined again to take a plea deal in the case, and this time the judge removed the state's offer from the table.
"It's bordering on torture" for the boy's family to repeatedly return to court expecting resolution, Assistant State's Atty. Cathy Crowley told the court.
Hanin Goma, 23, of the 5000 block of Wright Terrace in Skokie, is charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death and misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs in the May 22 crash that killed Carter Vo, 9, of the 4600 block of Madison Street in Skokie.
Goma has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but prosecutors and defense attorney Mike Goggin have been meeting with the judge in the case. The child's father has said that Goma has been offered a deal that would send her to prison for 5 years in exchange for pleading guilty.
In two previous hearings before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lauren Gottainer Edidin at the Skokie courthouse, Goma said she needed more time to think about the arrangement. Goma was back in court today, and once again Goggin said she wanted more time to decide.
Goma, who is being held in jail in lieu of bond, did not say anything during the brief hearing. She could be sentenced to between 3 and 14 years in prison if she's found guilty at trial on all charges.
Prosecutors said they have run out of patience, and that the delays have been hard on members of the Vo family, who have come to court for Goma's last three hearings expecting her to either take the plea deal or go to trial.
Edidin today withdrew the plea deal. Goma is schedule for a Feb. 7 hearing, when a trial date may be set.