Driver in fatal DUI: 'I’m very flawed'
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com June 19, 2013 7:32PM
Updated: July 22, 2013 6:32PM
A Rockdale woman who critically injured a bicyclist while driving drunk soothed her nerves after the crash with a trip to Key West, Fla. while the man clung to life in a Joliet hospital, prosecutors said.
Cara C. Quiett, 32, even posted pictures of her exploits, which also included a trip to Oak Street Beach in Chicago, on her Facebook page, said prosecutor Christopher Regis.
On Wednesday, during her sentencing hearing on an aggravated DUI charge, Quiett said the Florida trip was planned months ahead of time.
Quiett, who has a prior conviction for DUI in 2006, pleaded guilty April 8 to aggravated driving under the influence in the June 6, 2012 crash that fatally injured James Farmer, 49, of Joliet.
Will County Judge Daniel Rozak said he would sentence Quiett on June 28. The charge carries a 3-14 year prison sentence, but prosecutors said they would seek no more than 10 years.
Several of Farmer’s family members testified in Will County court Wednesday, wearing T-shirts printed with “Justice for Jimmy“ and sweatshirts bearing his picture.
The evening of June 6, 2012, Farmer was riding home from work, heading north along the curb in the 600 block of South Midland Avenue in Rockdale when he was hit from behind by a car driven by Quiett, authorities said.
Farmer was thrown from his bike and landed on the pavement, suffering serious head injuries, reports said.
“I’m so sorry for the fatal accident that’s taken the life of their loved one,” Quiett said Wednesday. “I am human, and I’m very flawed.”
Her blood alcohol content nearly five hours after the crash was .148, Regis said.
Meanwhile, Farmer was placed on life support and eventually died. After Farmer’s death, the charge against Quiett was upgraded to aggravated DUI, causing the death or injury of another.
“She wasn’t driving recklessly. She was the proximate cause of somebody’s death, and she takes full responsibility for that,” Augustyn said.
Regis argued that driving drunk was reckless.
“These cases are awful. Nobody wins in these situations,” Regis said. “The defendant has been taken away from her son and family. The difference is Cara Quiett will see her son again. James Farmer’s family will never see him again.”