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05/18/10 06:09 PM #4    

Susan Lynn Sternberg (Berger Kabaker)

 Hi all,

  Sad story I wrote for the Chicago Tribune today about two New Trier students  that is on Page One:,0,7388340.story

Teen charged in New Trier hit-and-run sent to Cook County Jail

Erin Hughes being held in lieu of $500,000 bail

By John Keilman, Dan Hinkel and Susan Berger, Chicago Tribune

9:39 PM CDT, May 17, 2010


A Wilmette honor student two weeks from her high school graduation headed to the grim confines of Cook County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail Monday for her alleged role in a hit-and-run that gravely injured a fellow student.

Erin Hughes, 18, was ordered held after being charged in the crash that put Sarah Goone, 16, of Glencoe, in intensive care with severe brain trauma. The accident happened Friday near the campus of New Trier Township High School, where both are students.

Hughes is alleged to have told investigators she smoked pot the night before the collision. She has not been charged with driving under the influence, but Cook County Judge Marcia Orr was clear that Hughes' supposed drug use factored into her decision to set a high bail — one that her lawyer said was surprisingly steep and, it turned out, that Hughes' parents couldn't afford.

Hughes' drug screen should be back by Thursday, and Orr said she would reconsider the bond amount based on the results.

"I really want to get information from the blood and urine test before a final decision," Orr said.

In Illinois, driving with any trace of marijuana or other illegal drugs in the blood is against the law. But Yale psychiatrist R. Andrew Sewell, who has researched marijuana's effects on driving, said test results are not always an accurate indicator of a motorist's impairment.

He said a user typically escapes marijuana's influence three hours after smoking it, though the drug can stay in the blood beyond that time.

A fatal 2005 crash in Lake County put the issue under the spotlight. Richard Wood, then 16, allegedly smoked pot 24 hours before a wreck that killed two friends.

Prosecutors initially charged him with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs. But after an expert witness said marijuana use the previous day could not have affected Wood's driving, a judge threw out the drug test results.

Wood pleaded guilty to the lesser crime of reckless homicide and received 30 months of probation, authorities said.

Hughes' attorney, Jack Levin, said his client's alleged marijuana use Thursday night could not have contributed to the Friday afternoon crash. Levin said he hoped the results of the drug screen would persuade Orr to lower Hughes' bail.

The judge, Levin said, "wanted to be very cautious about setting bond if there's any question of drug use in this accident."

Despite the North Shore address of Hughes' parents, Levin said, they were unable to afford her bail. That meant Hughes had to spend time at County Jail, a setting the lawyer described as "a tough environment for a young girl to be in."

He said Hughes, who has no criminal record, wept at the idea of being sent to jail.

"I told her that her mom, stepdad and dad are doing everything they can to try and raise the money," he said. "They are trying every possible way."

Levin expressed surprise that the judge ordered a high bail.

"I understand the gravity of the situation and I understand the judge's concern, but I was not expecting anything near that when I expressed the fact that the family's resources are very minimal and basically she's not going to be able to be bonded out unless the judge reconsiders, and we are hoping she'll do that," he said.

Cook County sheriff's police spokesman Steve Patterson said Hughes arrived at the jail Monday evening on a bus transferring detainees from the Skokie courthouse. She was fingerprinted and received a medical screening and jail uniform, he said.

Patterson said Hughes would be kept in Cermak Hospital, the jail's medical center. It is separate from the general population of inmates.

Hughes is alleged to have been behind the wheel of a sedan when it struck Goone, who was crossing Green Bay Road at Winnetka Avenue, just a few hundred yards from New Trier.

Prosecutor Akash Vyas said Hughes took her eyes off the road as she made a left turn onto Green Bay Road, peering in the opposite direction to see if her friends were at a nearby convenience store. She heard screams and a thud, Vyas said, and when she looked in her rearview mirror saw Goone lying on the pavement.

A witness provided a partial license plate number, and police quickly found Hughes parked on a side street near her Wilmette home. Hughes "understood she should have stayed but panicked and wanted to go home," the prosecutor said.

She was charged with failure to report an accident involving an injury, failure to render aid and failure to exercise due care.

Fellow New Trier students said they had sympathy for both Goone and Hughes. Some were critical of Hughes for allegedly fleeing, while others said they understood.

"I'm sure she was just frightened," said Kelly Schy, a senior who said she knows Hughes. "It could have happened to anyone."

Prosecutors said Goone suffered a severe injury to the left side of her brain as well as a torn artery in the brain and has undergone several surgeries. She remains in critical condition.

About 200 people gathered at a prayer service Monday night for Goone at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie. They wrote out messages of encouragement for Goone and her family on cards that will be placed in a scrapbook for her. Her parents, who are keeping vigil at her bedside, did not attend but sent a message of gratitude.

"Help all of us who share the anxiety of this tragedy to be brave and hopeful," the group read together from a prayer handout.

Jon Soifer, a fellow New Trier sophomore who attended the service, said: "It's just awful. You never think something like this will happen to someone so close to you. We just all have to stay optimistic."

John Keilman and Dan Hinkel are Tribune reporters; Susan Berger is a freelance reporter.


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05/20/10 06:43 AM #5    

Susan Lynn Sternberg (Berger Kabaker)

05/21/10 11:26 PM #6    

Linda Rubin (Shayman)

Susan, what a great interview.  It's great that you posted this. 

I know her new attorney! 

L Rubin Shayman

05/21/10 11:31 PM #7    

Linda Rubin (Shayman)

Linda Schlesinger,

There will be taxi cabs called for those who need rides back to the hotel.

So take a cab to the event and have a great time!!!


06/25/10 09:50 PM #8    

Robert J. Zastrow

I thought I'd be able to hop a plane to the reunion tomorrow but I'm still working.

I would be so, forever, eternally grateful if someone could digitize the 1970 Praeco photo of me, Mary Ann Jacoby and Lindsay Wilson in the yearbook and send it to me.  Virtually everything I owned burned in a 1975 fire and it is one of the few existing photos of me.

06/27/10 12:33 AM #9    


Jane Barrick

I just wanted to say what a wonderful time I had at the SSR reunion. Absolutely wonderful to see everyone again. Thanks Lynn, Linda,Judy, etc.... for a lovely time! Jane Barrick

06/28/10 03:58 PM #10    


Marc Levy

I can't begin to describe what a wonderful time I had at our reunion. It was great catching up with old friends and seeing folks I haven't seen in years. My heartfelt thanks to everyone responsible for throwing such a fantastic party...especially with the last minute change in venue. You guys are awesome!!!

06/28/10 10:57 PM #11    


Amy Roberts (Ort)

The Reunion was great! 

It was wonderful seeing as many people as I did, although I think I spent half the night looking at everybody's chest for their tag to try and figure out if I remembered them!

It became very chaotic, so we finally exited and went back to the hotel. 

To see the band playing and everyone just standing around REALLY reminded me of the highschool dances, which were pretty much all like that. 

But it was lovely to see you all again and try to remember you!  I was very glad to see you after all these years! 


By the way, ius anyone going to post photos of the reunion????


06/29/10 08:31 AM #12    

Harry H. Grace

"Man plans, God laughs and Reunion Committee adapts and conquers"

Well done and probably a better venue for the different socializing that people wanted to do-

The tent and its bar; the Aragon Ballroom for the band and dancers (you looked good Linda Rubin) and the 'quiet room' for those who wanted to hear what the other person was saying.

My thanks to the committee for organizing and prompting all of us with humor to attend.

Harry Grace

Former Supreme Leader of North Korea

06/29/10 12:44 PM #13    

Anne (Frosty) Newton (Paone)

The planning committee was amazing !!! They should all be running for a high political office. It was so much fun.


06/29/10 09:47 PM #14    


Amy Roberts (Ort)

So, are there any photos of the Reunion or not?????????

06/29/10 11:27 PM #15    

Linda Rubin (Shayman)

copy and paste this link in your browser to view photos

06/30/10 10:01 AM #16    

Deborah Rivlin

Thanks Stu for taking all these photos!! I saw people in the photos I didn't see that night!!

It was fun to see so many faces from the past, Deborah Rivlin

06/30/10 01:13 PM #17    


Amy Roberts (Ort)

Yay!  Photos!   THANKS

06/30/10 01:38 PM #18    

Sharon Renee Aka Sherry Dubin (Bowen)

For those of us who couldn't come or for everyone's benefit for that matter, is it possible for the people in the photos to be identified?  Can't see all the name tags!

06/30/10 01:49 PM #19    

Sharon Renee Aka Sherry Dubin (Bowen)

PS:  Sorry, folks, can't recognize all of you now.  Some have changed more than others.  I remember at the 20th recognizing most of the women but none of the men and thinking that the guys were all hubands.  Then one guy came up and introduced himself and I realized who the guys were!  To be fair, most of the women hadn't changed that much, a little heavier, hair shorter, different color.  But the fellows?  Oh jeepers!  You all were taller, heavier, had facial hair, less head hair than in high school!

06/30/10 11:00 PM #20    

Linda Rubin (Shayman)

I hope everyone who took photos will post their pictures to the site.  I know you're out there!


07/01/10 09:20 PM #21    


Amy Roberts (Ort)


07/08/10 09:41 PM #22    


Amy Roberts (Ort)

To all those who have previously emailed me, I have a new computer and can't get my saved addresses!  Please email me with contact info, egads!!!!

07/09/10 01:03 AM #23    


Dale L. Schultz (Curley)


I wanted to thank everyone on the Reunion committee, Lee Brodsky, Stuart L.Cohen, Brian Feldman, Sandy Markin, Judy Meikle, Lynn Pivan, Linda Rubin and Jeni Schlueter, for all their hard work they did to make the New Trier 40th Reunion an awesome event!  This was my first Reunion and I was amazed at the number of people I recognized and remembered.  It was so fun to reconnect with some old friends and meet some new friends.

You did an amazing job moving the reunion at the last minute, the venue was great as well as the food and entertainment.  The Website was so easy to use and really fun to look up old classmates.

Great job and thanks again,

Dale Schultz (Curley)

08/05/10 04:09 PM #24    

Jerry A. Kanter

More photos from Lynn Pirruccello.  Enjoy!

08/12/10 09:04 PM #25    

Rick Bush

Great Pictures...I did not recognize anyone, but that is the way it goes! I am sorry I could not make it "up" there! I was working with some buyers from the Midwest on a purchase of their very own piece of paradise here in SW Florida! Great deals, kinda like a half price sale, going on!


Rick Bush- Realtor

02/06/11 01:28 AM #26    


Amy Roberts (Ort)

Thanks for the photos of what you're selling Rick.  But who in their right mind would want to live in FLORIDA????  lol.


On another note, we are all getting older.  We need to keep more in touch.  I just buried my youngest sister on January 22nd. 


We need to keep up with one another while we can.



04/04/21 11:05 PM #27    

Jay Gottlieb

With new corona virus variants rolling off the line on a regular basis, just to be on the safe side, I suggest postponing the "50th" reunion to October, 2024.  

04/05/21 07:18 AM #28    

Larry S. Avrech

Regarding postponing the 50th reunion: I believe it should be a matter of individual choice to go or not to go to their reunion. Lets plan as we have before and see where we are at a few months before and go from there. October
2022 sounds like a good idea at present.

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