Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ga. woman sentenced to 12 months probation for child's accident

Ga. woman sentenced to 12 months probation for child's accident
Posted: Jul 26, 2011 5:35 AM PDT Updated: Jul 26, 2011 10:27 AM PDT
Posted by Mandi Milligan
By Elizabeth Klynstra

MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - A woman whose 4-year-old son was struck by a van and killed while the family was attempting to cross a busy Cobb County street was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Raquel Nelson was sentenced in Cobb County Superior Court on Tuesday on a vehicular homicide charge, but was also given the opportunity to request a new trial instead.

An attorney for Nelson, 30, said she and her children were crossing a street last April after getting off a bus in the city of Austell, three-tenths of a mile from a crosswalk. The attorney says Nelson's daughter and son bolted from a median as a van approached.

All three were struck by a van, slightly injuring Nelson and her daughter but killing her son, AJ Newman.

The driver, Jerry Guy, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run and served a six-month sentence.

Guy previously spent time in jail nine times, mostly on traffic charges. In the late 90s he was sentenced to two years in prison for two hit-and-run accidents, neither of which were fatal.

Nelson said she would not decide today whether she'd ask for a new trial.

The Solicitor General's office also wouldn't say if it would prosecute the new case, should Nelson decide to ask for the trial.

Copyright 2011 WGCL-TV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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