The lawyer for a woman accused of drunken driving when her car full of children crashed, killing an 11-year-old, said on Wednesday she remains distraught and on suicide watch more than two weeks after the New York City wreck.
Carmen Huertas, 31, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges. Her bail was set at $250,000. She attended her arraignment via video link between the courtroom and a Queens hospital jail ward where she is being held.
Prosecutors say she got behind the wheel with seven young passengers after drinking for hours at a family party, ignoring warnings not to drive. Eleven-year-old Leandra Rosado died in the Oct. 11 crash. The other children were injured.