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Prosecutors say woman smoked pot before Skokie crash that killed 8-year-old

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SKOKIE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The north suburban woman involved in a three-vehicle crash Monday in which an 8-year-old boy on his bicycle was struck and killed has been charged with DUI.

Prosecutors said 23-year-old Hanin Goma of Skokie admitted she had smoked pot hours before causing the chain-reaction crash that killed the Skokie boy. Blood and urine tests performed after the accident showed she had marijuana and amphetamines in her system, prosecutors said.

The crash happened at 4:24 p.m. Monday when a vehicle traveling south on Saint Louis Avenue in Skokie tried to turn left on Main Street and hit an eastbound vehicle, Skokie police said.

Goma of the 5000 block of Wright Terrace in Skokie was charged with one count of felony aggravated DUI resulting in death and one count of misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs, a release from police said.

Judge Margarite Quinn ordered her held on $250,000 bond during a hearing Wednesday morning at the Skokie courthouse, authorities said.

Sgt. Dave Pawlak said her vehicle struck another at an angle and kept going, traveling over the median and onto a sidewalk where the boy was riding. Police did not know whether the boy was stopped or moving on his bicycle at the time he was struck.

The boy and the bicycle were carried by the vehicle until it crashed into a parked car and came to a rest westbound on St. Louis. The vehicle traveled about 150 feet or so after the driver lost control, Pawlak said.

Carter Vo of the 4600 block of Madison Street in Skokie was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. A Tuesday autopsy found he died of head and brain injuries from the crash and ruled his death an accident.

One other person was treated for superficial cuts.

Prosecutors said Goma told investigators she had smoked pot earlier Monday, and a man told police he had smoked the marijuana with her. She was taken to Skokie Hospital, where tests found the drugs in her system, prosecutors said.

Goma was also cited for failure to yield at a stop intersection and failure to provide proof of insurance.

Carter was a Madison School second-grader.

Principal Chelsey Maxwell said the staff was "very close" to the student. "He was a wonderful boy and our thoughts go out to his family," she said. "It's a hard time for our school."

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