Police: Woman charged in tragic car crash violated release terms
Updated: August 16, 2012 9:15AM
The woman charged with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a car crash that killed an 8-year-old boy May 22 in Skokie allegedly violated conditions of her release, according to Skokie police.
Hanin M. Goma, 23, of 5035 Wright Ave., Skokie, was recently released on bond and placed under electronic home monitoring confinement by the county. But Skokie police noticed that Goma was involved in an Aug. 8 battery where she is listed not as a suspect but as a victim.
The problem, police said, is that the incident took place on the 4800 block of Lee Street — away from her home where she is supposed to remain under the county’s electronic monitoring program.
Skokie police notified the county, and Goma was remanded to authorities there. She is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a new bond hearing.
Charged with battery in this most recent incident was Ramesha D. Jones, 23, of 4831 Lee St., Skokie.
According to police, Goma and another woman living in the same building as the suspect were “hanging out” and drinking vodka just after 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Goma’s friend got into a fight with Jones and another woman.
During the incident, Jones allegedly pulled at Goma’s hair while the other woman accompanying Jones allegedly punched Goma’s friend in the face, police said. Jones also allegedly pushed Goma’s friend in the face and chest.
For now, a battery charge has only been filed against Jones, who is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 22.
Reviewing crime reports, Skokie police noticed that the battery involved Goma who was not at home where she was supposed to be. Police then notified the county.
Goma was initially charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death, and misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs after the fatal car crash at 4:24 p.m. May 22 near Main Street and St. Louis Avenue.
Goma, traveling south on St. Louis, tried to turn left on Main and hit an eastbound vehicle, causing Goma to lose control.
Her vehicle struck the other vehicle at an angle and kept going, traveling over the median and onto a sidewalk where the victim was located with his bicycle.
The boy and the bicycle were carried by the runaway vehicle before it crashed into a parked car and came to a rest westbound on St. Louis.
Second-grader Carter Vo, of the 4600 block of Madison Street, Skokie, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Goma pled not guilty to the charges and was set to appear in court again in September before she was turned over to the county for allegedly violating her release terms. ~.