Jaywalking Mother May Spend More Time in Jail than Hit-and-Run Drunk Driver who Killed her 4-Year-Old Son
An Atlanta-area mother who illegally crossed a street with her three children may spend more time in jail than the repeat offender hit-and-run drunk driver who struck and killed her four-year-old son.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 30-year-old Raquel Nelson was attempting to cross at the intersection of Austell Road and Austell Circle in Marietta when Jerry Guy, who confessed to having drank “a little” alcohol earlier in the day, struck and killed her four-year-old son. Guy, who is partially blind in one eye and also on pain medication, fled the scene.
The child later died of his injuries. Nelson and her young daughter were slightly injured.
Guy, who has two previous hit-and-run convictions, was charged with hit-and-run, first degree homicide by vehicle and cruelty to children. But the charges were later reduced down to just hit-and-run. He served six months and was released in October.
For her role in her son’s death, Nelson has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide, crossing a roadway elsewhere than at a crosswalk and reckless conduct. She could face up to three years behind bars. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 26.
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