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Southwest suburban woman pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash


Cara Quiett

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The morning her jury trial was scheduled to begin, a southwest suburban Rockdale woman accused of killing a bicyclist while driving drunk pleaded guilty Monday.

Cara C. Quiett, 32, faced a charge of aggravated driving under the influence in the crash that critically injured James Farmer, 49, of Joliet, on June 6, 2012. Farmer died 12 days later.

Farmer’s family members were in Will County court Monday morning wearing T-shirts that read, “Justice for Jimmy” and sweatshirts bearing his picture. They left the courtroom after Quiett’s plea, wiping tears from their eyes.

“I just hope we get the justice we deserve,” said Farmer’s wife, Amanda Farmer. “I hope she has to pay for what she did to us.”

Farmer was riding home from work, heading north along the curb in the 600 block of South Midland Avenue in Rockdale when he was hit from behind by a car driven by Quiett, authorities said.

Farmer was thrown from his bike and landed on the pavement. He suffered serious injuries.

Quiett stayed at the scene of the crash but refused a Breathalyzer test, authorities said. Police obtained a warrant to draw Quiett’s blood, which led to an initial DUI charge.

Farmer was placed on life support at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center but died from his injuries on June 18, 2012. After Farmer’s death, the charge against Quiett was upgraded to aggravated DUI, causing the death or injury of another.

Quiett was scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Daniel Rozak on June 19. She faces three to 14 years in prison and must serve 85 percent of her sentence, according to Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for the Will County State’s Attorney’s office.

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