She was 12-years old, a student at Rogich Middle School, and just wanted to trick or treat with her friends. Justin Caramanica said he just wanted to avoid getting hit by a car towing a boat. And when their worlds collided, 12-years old Faith Monet Love was dead, and Caramanica was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs resulting in substantial bodily harm. After pleading guilty, the court has now given Caramanica a 20 year prison sentence. Caramanica was also fined $2 thousand, and ordered to pay restitution of almost $8 thousand. He will be eligible for parole after eight years.
In a statement to Caramanica, Judge Cadish stated because Caramanica was stopped for driving under the influence while this case was pending, the maximum prison sentence was imposed. “It gives the court great concern about the danger that there may be in the future,” said Judge Cadish. Caramanica expressed remorse to the Love family before sentencing, and previously stated that his arrest in September was a mistake for agreeing to give a friend’s child a ride home.
The accident occurred in the Summerlin neighborhood on Sandstone Bluffs Drive, which is off Sahara Avenue. Before the accident, area residents complained about motorists speeding through the family neighborhood. According to police evidence, Caramanica was traveling upwards of 50 mph through the 25-mph residential area when he hit Love around 8:30 p.m. Love was transported to University Medical Center where she later died. Forty-one year old Caramanica was arrested the next morning. Though his blood-alcohol concentration later showed a registration of 0.067 and 0.068, which was under the legal limit, Caramanica’s blood showed he had had alcohol, marijuana, and painkillers in his system at the time of the accident. According to the police, this was a lethal combination.
In 2009, Caramanica received two speeding citations, but neither were alcohol or drug related.
In 2011, the Transportation for America group, a Washington-based coalition that advocates for transportation reform, declared Las Vegas the sixth most dangerous city for pedestrians. For cities with more than 1 million residents, Las Vegas was second in the nation.
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