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Man pleads guilty in Halloween DUI fatal

A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty Monday to a drunken driving charge after a crash on Halloween killed a 12-year-old girl while she was trick-or-treating in Summerlin.

Justin Caramanica pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing death. As part of a deal with prosecutors, one count of reckless driving was dropped.

The guilty plea comes a week before a trial was to start. A sentencing hearing was set for Nov. 5 before District Judge Elissa Cadish.

Caramanica, 41, remained free, but he is not allowed to drive and must wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, court records show.

A Las Vegas police report showed Caramanica failed several field sobriety tests after the crash, which killed Faith Love. A breath test taken nearly three hours after the crash revealed Caramanica had blood alcohol readings of 0.068 and 0.067, according to the report. The legal limit for a blood alcohol reading under state law is 0.08.

The crash happened about 8:20 p.m. Oct. 31 at Sandstone Bluffs Drive and Wesley Lake Place in Summerlin. The police report indicated Caramanica had slurred speech, glassy eyes, dilated pupils and was taking prescription drugs.

He performed “unsatisfactorily” on several field sobriety tests, including his failing to walk a straight line, according to the report.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@review
journal.com or 702-380-1039.

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