A Georgia woman this week was sentenced to 12 months probation following the death of her 4-year-old son, whose life was taken after she allowed him to jaywalk across a busy street.
According to The Associated Press, Raquel Nelson initially faced three years in prison, as she was convicted of vehicular homicide this month. But an Atlanta judge gave the woman one year of probation and 40 hours of community service. Nelson was also granted a new trial and, if she’s found innocent, her record will be cleared.
“I’m walking out of here. I don’t feel like I can be more satisfied,” Nelson told the AP. “I’m ready to go home.”
The incident occurred back in back in April as Nelson and her three children attempted to cross a bustling five-lane street in Georgia’s Cobb County. While they were waiting for traffic to die down, Nelson’s daughter bolted across the street and her son quickly followed. Shortly thereafter, the boy was struck by an oncoming van.
Jerry Guy, the motorist, fled the scene after the accident, but later admitted to hitting the boy, according to CNN affiliate WXIA-TV. He was later sentenced to five years in prison, but only served six months. He currently is serving the remainder of his sentence on probation.