Lawyer: DWI suspect enters counseling
Mattituck mom accused of driving drunk in accident that killed teen
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Caroline Goss, 34, is charged with drunk driving, endangering the welfare of a child and driving with an open container of alcohol in her vehicle.
The registered nurse, who authorities said had a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent when she fatally struck 15-year-old Joseph Marino on Aug. 12 in Hampton Bays, could face more serious charges, depending on what investigators learn from further blood tests and an accident reconstruction.
After she was released from jail on $20,000 bail, Ms. Goss immediately made appointments for psychological and alcohol counseling, Mr. Palumbo said.
"She thought that, based upon the allegations, she should seek professional help," he said.
Southampton Police Detective Sgt. Randy Hintze said Joseph had just stopped on his bike to talk to friends when he was struck. Mr. Clifford said cops found a cup containing alcohol in the front seat of the car and a half-full bottle of vanilla vodka in the back seat. Ms. Goss has previously been caught driving under the influence: She was convicted in 2003 of driving while ability impaired by alcohol.
SDLqWhen the blood toxicology screens for the presence of drugs are available [in at least two weeks] and the analysis of the accident reconstruction is completed, the evidence will be presented to a grand jury," Mr. Spota said.
In the moments after the accident, Ms. Goss, a divorced mother who also has a 10-year-old son, left her car to try to save Joseph, her lawyer said.
"She immediately jumped out of her car and performed CPR on the boy," Mr. Palumbo said of his client, who works in the intensive care unit at John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson. "Her training took over."
The boy suffered massive head injuries and lost consciousness at the scene. He died last Thursday at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
"It's a terrible tragedy all around," Mr. Palumbo said. "She is someone who has dedicated her life to trying to save people and better herself."
Ms. Goss was released on $20,000 bail last week, but has yet to return to work, her lawyer said. The incident occurred as state lawmakers called for stiffer penalties last week for those who drive drunk with children in the car.
The Child Passenger Protection Act, proposed by Gov. David Paterson, would make it a felony for motorists to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs with passengers under 16.
The proposal came less than a month after a drunken West Babylon mother with five children in her minivan plowed through wrong-way traffic on the Taconic State Parkway and crashed head-on into another vehicle. She died in the wreck, along with four of the children and three men in the other vehicle. The woman also tested positive for marijuana, authorities said.
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