Bail set for man in Vegas trick-or-treater's death

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Posted: Nov 04, 2011 3:10 PM
Bail set for man in Vegas trick-or-treater's death

A judge in Las Vegas set bail Friday for a man charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the death of a 12-year-old trick-or-treater on Halloween night.

Justin Caramanica's lawyer, William Terry, said he didn't know whether his unemployed client would be able to raise the $10,000 cash or $100,000 bond amount.

Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman told Caramanica, 41, that if he is able to post bail, he'll be on house arrest with an alcohol sensor bracelet and no driving privileges.

Terry characterized Caramanica as "exceedingly remorseful" about the crash killed seventh-grader Faith Love while she was going house-to-house a little after 8 p.m. Monday, dressed as a Native American princess and collecting candy with other youngsters.

A trial date wasn't immediately set. Goodman scheduled a court date next Thursday to hear whether Caramanica makes bail and to schedule an evidence hearing.

He wasn't asked for a plea to the two felony charges, which could get him a combined three to 26 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines if he is convicted.

Outside court, Terry said Caramanica intends to plead not guilty.

A police report says Caramanica appeared confused and failed field sobriety tests after the crash, and a breath test registered Caramanica's blood-alcohol percentage at .068 percent and .067 percent.

That is below the .08 percent blood-alcohol limit for driving in Nevada, but police said they believed Caramanica also was under the influence of prescription drugs. Tests on a blood sample obtained from Caramanica shortly after the crash are expected to take several weeks.

Terry told the judge Friday that Caramanica takes prescription painkillers for back injuries stemming from a fall and a vehicle crash several years ago. The lawyer said his client is disabled due to his injuries and unable to work.

Witnesses told police Caramanica's 2009 Mazda RX-8 appeared to be traveling much faster than the 25 mph speed limit when it hit Love in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood.