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Man held on count of DUI in death of trick-or-treater

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 | 3:41 p.m.

Faith Monet Love

Faith Monet Love

Justin Caramanica

Justin Caramanica

12-year-old stuck by Mazda

A man police say fatally struck a 12-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating Monday night has been arrested on a count of driving under the influence, according to jail records.

Justin Caramanica, 41, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center early Tuesday morning on a count of DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm, according to jail records. He was being held without bail.

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the girl as Faith Monet Love of Las Vegas.

School District officials said Love was a seventh-grader at Rogich Middle School in the western valley. The district’s crisis response team was at the school providing counseling for students.

The incident happened when a 2009 Mazda RX-8 driven by Caramanica hit Love at 8:22 p.m. near West Wesley Lake Place and South Sandstone Bluffs Drive, Metro Police said. That neighborhood is near Sahara Avenue and Hualapai Way in the Summerlin area.

The girl was taken to University Medical Center, where she later died, authorities said.

The preliminary investigation indicates the Mazda was traveling south on Sandstone Bluffs Drive when it hit the girl as she was walking west across the street from the northeast corner of the intersection, police said.

The Mazda’s front left side hit the girl, police said. Caramanica was not injured.

The accident, which resulted in the 55th traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction this year, remains under investigation.

It followed another alleged DUI-related accident that killed a teen in Henderson over the weekend.

In that case, Henderson Police said a Mercedes sport utility vehicle, driven by 77-year-old Imre Jeno Dayka, hit a 15-year-old boy crossing Center Street on Saturday night.

The coroner’s office identified the teen as Lucas Ruiz-Brenes of Henderson.

Dayka was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on Saturday night on one count of felony DUI with substantial bodily harm or death, police said.

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  1. AMEN, Bradley, Amen.
    The most selfish people in the world behind the wheel here in Lost Wages.
    And may I add;
    If you are young, and out partying...
    get your S*&#T together.
    You CANNOT drink/drug & drive.
    You CANNOT drive like a madman, especially on quiet, residential streets. I live on a street where the limit should be 15, and young people are ACCELERATING down the street when they SHOULD be decelerating, and I always think to myself, "gonna kill somebody one day, and THEN we'll see how 'cool' you are."

  2. Wow, I agree that pedestrians need to take responsibility, but defending drunk / under the influence drivers is pretty low, adavis64. I'm sure the parents of the 12 year old last night and the 15 year old on Sunday are mad at their kids for getting in the way of drivers under the influence.

  3. My condolences, sincere and deep condolences to the parents and family of this child.

  4. Being drunk behind the wheel and kiliing a young innocent child who is trick or treating is the worst thing you can do while driving short of murder! This guy needs to spend the next 20 years or more in prison! Terrible!

  5. Parents need to teach there kids to stay out of the street expect in cross walks. I am not saying speeding or DUI's had nothing to do with this, but parents listen up: Teach your kids to use cross walks, and to stay out of the road. Not all blame lies with the drivers. Not saying this guy should walk free he was drunk & it was a horrible thing that he did & he will pay for his stupid actions.

  6. I always try not to drive at all during trick or treat time, to many small kids, many dressed in dark costumes, hard to see and yes they can walk out in front of you at any time. This is very sad news.

  7. I've said it before and let me repeat: There is no reason to drive under the influence and no excuse is acceptable. The penalty must be made much more severe for the first time - not at the time when someone is injured or killed - because it's far too late then. Of course, the standard should apply to politicians, casino owners and judges, as well. Somehow, they always seem to skate on DUI arrests. Remember Bob Stupak or Clarence Collins Jr.? I do.

  8. Do we know if this person was at a bar or another party,where drinks were served, before he got into his car and did this heinous act? If it turns out he was at another place or business, whoever let this person drive while intoxicated should be held just as accountable as he is. My prayers go out to the family and friends of little Faith. I can't imagine what they are going through right now.

  9. This is incredibly sad. I'm 51 and the streets are no longer for me. Young drivers rule the road and that will never change; no laws or citation enforcement will change that.

    I do not feel safe at all when WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK. The slightest venture on to a roadway is asking for trouble.

    This is life in the wild, wild west. The fastest and the strongest rule. The rest of us have to stay out of their way.

    What a terribly sad loss.

  10. Way to go adavis64...defend a drunk driver. You make scumbags look gooooood.

  11. We need:
    1) More DUI check points.
    2) Lower Speed Limits.
    3) More pedestrian education for children.
    4) Camera Speed enforcement.