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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cobb County woman whose child was struck and killed by motorist still faces vehicular homicide charges

Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley said yesterday that Raquel Nelson, the Cobb County mother whose son was struck and killed by a motorist while crossing a dangerous road, must still face charges of vehicular homicide and jaywalking, the AJC report.

The Marietta mother became the subject of national media attention last year when her four-year-old son A.J. was killed trying to cross a busy five-lane stretch of Austell Road. Nelson and her two-year-old daughter were also struck by the same van, the driver of which admitted to drinking three beers and taking two painkillers before the hit-and-run. He served a six-month jail sentence.

Nelson was charged with reckless conduct (which was dropped a few weeks ago), vehicular homicide and jaywalking.

She opted to accept the judge's offer of a retrial rather than serve probation for a year.

In a second trial planned for October 25, Nelson and her attorney will be defending against the vehicular homicide and jaywalking charges. According to the AJC, she could face a three-year jail sentence.

Despite the bus stop's dangerous location which encourages jaywalking, no new crosswalks have been planned for the location.

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