8-year sentence for Rockdale woman in fatal DUI crash
BY JANET LUNDQUIST firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2013 12:20PM
Updated: August 2, 2013 6:26AM
A Rockdale woman was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for being drunk when the car she was driving struck and killed a Joliet man who was riding his bicycle in the village.
Will County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Rozak issued the sentence to Cara Quiett, 32, who pleaded guilty April 8 to aggravated drunken driving in the June 6, 2012 crash that killed James Farmer. Quiett has a prior conviction for DUI in 2006 and could’ve received a maximum sentence of 14 years.
Members of Farmer’s family, many of whom wore orange T-shirts with “Justice for Jimmy” written on them, left the courtroom feeling disappointed.
“I think it’s wrong. I think she should’ve got a lot more,” said Farmer’s brother, Ken. “She killed my brother, and practically got away with it. I don’t think justice was done at all.”
Farmer’s widow, Amanda, also expressed anger at the sentence.
“I’m so sorry for the fatal accident that’s taken the life of their loved one,” Quiett said at her sentencing hearing last week. “I am human, and I’m very flawed.”
Farmer, 49, was riding home from work in the 600 block of Midland Avenue when he was hit from behind by Quiett’s car and knocked to the pavement, suffering serious head injuries, police said. He was placed on life support and died about two weeks later.
Quiett’s blood-alcohol content nearly five hours after the accident was .148, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Regis said. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.