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Updated: 8/27/2009 - 4:05 AM



Lawyer: DWI suspect enters counseling
Mattituck mom accused of driving drunk in accident that killed teen
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Caroline Goss
The lawyer for the Mattituck mother accused of driving drunk and running over a Hampton Bays teen on his bicycle last week said his client is distraught over the boy's death, and that she has sought alcohol and psychological counseling.

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.

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A roadside memorial placed on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays for accident victim 15-year-old Joseph Marino.
"She's overwhelmed. I've spent about six hours with her, and she spent all but about 10 minutes crying," said Ms. Goss' attorney, Tony Palumbo. "Regardless of fault, this is a terribly tragic accident and she sends her deepest condolences and sympathy to the family."

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.

'She is someone who has dedicated her life to trying to save people and better herself.' defense attorney Tony Palumbo
Ms. Goss, who was driving her 2001 Jeep Cherokee north on Ponquogue Avenue when she hit the teen about 8:40 p.m., told police that she had reached for her phone just before impact, according to Robert Clifford, spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota. Her 6-year-old son, sitting in the front seat, was not injured.

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.

bharmon@timesreview.com

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When does it end? : 8/21/2009
II had known her... remember her dream of becoming a nurse..working so hard to reach that goal while raising two young boys and working at the same time. There really is no excuse. Now she killed a teenager, a son,..her two sons about to lose a mother to jail time..who wins here? What does it take to just learn to NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE?!




The Nurse who Liiled the Boy : 8/20/2009
First off let me say. It's about time more women got arrested for DWI the in the past. Many time the Police would let a woman go when stopped for DWI or DUI. I know this from women I have known in the past who have gotten away with it because of a smile or flirting weith the Cop. It is not a Male issue it is a Human issue. There are so many people with drinking and drug problems and that has me concerned for our future as a culture. I am a former drinker and have seen may people drink and drive, with kids in the car and without. We as a society need to look at why we need to use subtances to deal with everyday issues. Alcohol is just a legalized drug. Why si that. Also I would like to say, I think it very unprofessional to post the young womans picture on the internet unitl she is found guilty of a crime. Her life is a mess already without the media exploiting it.




TRAGEDY : 8/20/2009
Sad story all around. Loss of a son and potential loss of a mother to incarceration.





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