Last week BET.com reported that a mother could be sent to prison on a homicide conviction for the death of her son while jaywalking across a busy Georgia street. On Tuesday, however, it was decided that Raquel Nelson would receive a year of probation.
"It's really cruel and a big waste of taxpayer money," Sally Flocks, founder of PEDS, an Atlanta pedestrian advocacy group, told a local station. "What is anybody going to learn from this? Raquel lost her precious son."
The 30-year-old mother’s 4-year-old son was struck and killed by a van two weeks ago after running into the street while he, his mother and two siblings were crossing. Though a tragic death occurred, crossing in the middle of the street is the norm for residents in the area as the nearest crosswalk lies about one-third of a mile away.
The driver of the van served six months in jail and will serve the remainder of his sentence on probation starting October 6. Prior to Nelson’s sentence, it was discussed, however, that she could spend up to three years in jail, more time than the man who killed her son.
The mother expressed that she is satisfied with the outcome of the hearing.
The judge also gave Nelson the opportunity for a new trial to clear her name. If she is found innocent, her record will be cleared.
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