Georgian mother gets probation in son’s jaywalking death case

July 27th, 2011 - 12:01 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Marietta, Ga, July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A court in Georgia has given a woman 12 months probation for the jaywalking death of her 4-year-old son. Raquel Nelson was in court for vehicular homicide resulting from the death of her son.

The hit-and-run driver is already serving six months behind bars and Nelson could have spent as much as three years for her charge. The jury earlier this month returned the verdict of guilty on Nelson and during sentencing on Tuesday, the presiding judge gave her the chance to have her criminal records wiped out. Judge Kathryn Tanksley sentenced Nelson to 40 hours of community service along with the probation.

The accident happened last April when Nelson and her children tried to cross a busy road away from the pedestrian crossing. The family managed to cross the five-lane busy highway to the median and as they waited for the traffic to go down, Nelson’s daughter rushed across the road prompting the son to follow suit.

He was struck in the process by Jerry Guy who fled from the scene.

In sentencing Nelson, Judge Tanksley advised her to go for another trial to clear her name of any wrongdoing. Nelson has rejected the idea and she says she is happy that the trial is over.

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