Chesterton Tribune today.
Alexa’s sentence includes credit for Ramos’ 51 days in the Juvenile
Detention Center, Bennett said.
Ramos had previously pleaded guilty to the most serious of the charges filed
against her: OWI-causing death, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two
to eight years.
According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, at 5:10 a.m. on Sunday,
June 1, 2008, Ramos was westbound on C.R. 1400N, west of C.R. 400E, and had
just looked down to close her cell phone after completing a call when her
front-seat passenger, Alisha A. Purnick, 17, of Liberty Township, yelled at
her to “pay attention to the road.”
Ramos advised police that she looked up to see that she was driving off the
roadway. Police said that Ramos then lost control of her vehicle, which left
the roadway to the south and struck a tree on the passenger’s front side.
Ramos asked neighbors to call for help, police said, and then flagged down a
passing motorist and left the scene. She was later returned to the scene by
a family acquaintance. Ramos subsequently registered a blood alcohol content
of .16 percent on a certified test, police said.
Purnick was airlifted with head injuries to St. James Hospital and Health
Centers in Olympia Fields, Ill, where she died of her injuries on June 8,
Ramos was waived into adult court in July 2008.
ordered Ramos to turn over to Purnick’s mother her own cell phone, which has
photos of Purnick on it.
Bennett said that a statement by Purnick’s mother, asking Alexa to sentence
Ramos to home detention, was read into the record.
Ramos had originally been charged with a number of lesser and included
charges, Bennett said, including reckless homicide and failure to stop after
an accident resulting in death. Under the plea agreement those charges were
dismissed. Bennett told the Tribune