Hit-and-Run Suspect Erin Hughes Pleads Not Guilty

She faces up to three years in jail

Thursday, Jul 8, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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The suspect in the hit-and-run accident that left 16-year-old Sarah Goone critically injured was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident. Erin Hughes, 18, could face three years in prison if she is convicted.

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The New Trier student charged in a hit-and-run collision that left a fellow student seriously injured pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence.

Erin Hughes, 18, admitted in May to smoking marijuana before getting into accident that put 16-year-old Sarah Goone in the hospital.

Her lawyer, Barry Spector, told Cook County Circuit Court Judge Larry Axelrood her plea.

Hughes has been submitting to urine and drug tests and has been prohibited from driving since an anonymous donor posted bail to set her free from Cook County Jail.

If convicted she faces a maximum of three years in prison for the felony charge.

Meanwhile, victim Sarah Goone is recuperating at home after weeks in the hospital. Her family says she will be in school this fall.

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