Ga. Mom Avoids Jail Time in Son's Jaywalking Death UPDATE

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED 8-4-11 6:45 A.M.

A Cobb County woman convicted in connection with her 4-year-old son's death has accepted a judge's offer to have the case retried.

Raquel Nelson's son was killed last year by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed busy Austell Road with him and her two other young children three-tenths of a mile from a crosswalk.

A jury found Nelson guilty of secondary vehicular homicide, crossing roadway elsewhere than at crosswalk and reckless conduct in the April 10, 2010 death of her son, A.J.

A judge sentenced her last week to a year of probation, but offered her the option of new trial and allowed her a month to make a choice.

Nelson's new attorney, Steve Sadow, said Wednesday she's chosen the retrial.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - July 26, 2011 - A Georgia woman has received a year's probation in the jaywalking death of her 4-year-old son, who was struck as the family crossed a busy street north of Atlanta.

In an unusual move, the judge also offered Raquel Nelson the option of having another trial. Her defense team didn't immediately make a decision.

Nelson's sentence also includes 40 hours of community service. She could have gotten as many as three years in prison at the hearing Tuesday. She was convicted by a jury this month of vehicular homicide.

An attorney for the 30-year-old woman says she and her three children were crossing a street in Marietta in April after getting off a bus, less than half a mile from a crosswalk. The attorney says the son bolted from a median and was hit by a van.

The driver, Jerry Guy, was sentenced to six months after pleading guilty to hit-and-run.

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