July 22, 2011 - Marietta, Ga. - A woman could face up to 3 years in prison after she was convicted last week of vehicular homicide and reckless conduct for the death of her son in 2010. According to a report at the Huffington Post, the pedestrian accident occurred on April 10, 2010 in Marietta.
Prosecutors said that the 30-year-old mother was criminally responsible for her son's death when she and her 3 children jaywalked across a busy street and were struck by a hit-and-run driver. The woman and one of her daughters suffered personal injuries, but her 4-year-old son was killed in the accident.
The driver who hit the child fled the scene. When police apprehended him later, he admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the accident. The driver, who had 2 previous hit-and-runs, served 6 months in jail.
Some commentators argue that the mother's conviction was unfair, especially considering that there's no crosswalk in the area that connects a bus stop to a large apartment complex across the street, an intersection that has been labeled dangerous in the past. The woman is due to receive her sentence at the end of July.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Georgia Crash Statistics, there were 1,284 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Georgia.
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- accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers.
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