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Mom Pleads Guilty for Crash That Killed Cheerleader Raquel Carreras

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Photo: Raquel Carreras, 14.

LARGO, Fla. (CBS/AP) A Florida mother has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for a car crash that claimed the life of a 14-year-old girl while her son was behind the wheel.

Authorities and court records say Lesa Ledesma gave her teenage son, Shawn, the keys to her car, even though he only had a learner's permit and wasn't supposed to be driving after 10 p.m.

The boy had five other teenagers in his car when he lost control and got into the September 2007 wreck in St. Petersburg. The vehicle hit another car and flipped over multiple times before it crashed into a tree.

Fourteen-year-old Raquel Carreras, a high school freshman on the cheerleading team, was thrown from the vehicle and died.

Lesa Ledesma was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years probation. Shawn Ledesma is now a senior in high school and has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. He is set to be sentenced this October.

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