Raquel Nelson, a Georgia native, was convicted on July 12th of second-degree vehicular homicide and reckless conduct by a jury and faces a sentence of up to 3 years. Nelson’s 4 year old son died in a hit-and-run while she was jaywalking with all three of her children, however, she’s facing six times more than what Jerry Guy served. Guy, the driver who ran over and killed Nelson’s son, admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel. In an appearance on the today show, Raquel said that the worst part of going to jail would be the separation from her remaining children. Regarding her conviction and the sentence she faces, Nelson stated:
“I think to come after me so much harder than they did him is a slap in the face because this will never end for me,” she said. “It’s three years away from the two that I have left.”
“We are just hoping as a family that [the judge] is compassionate and lets my niece remain with her other children,” Nelson’s aunt Loretta Williams said.
Nelson was out shopping with her three children for her birthday party supplies when they missed their bus home. She gave a full description of what took place to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal:
“When the Cobb County Transit bus finally stopped directly across from Somerpoint Apartments, night had fallen. She and the children crossed two lanes and waited with other passengers on the raised median for a break in traffic. The nearest crosswalks were three-tenths of a mile in either direction, and Nelson wanted to get her children inside as soon as possible. A.J. carried a plastic bag holding a goldfish they’d purchased.”
“One girl ran across the street,” Nelson said. “For some odd reason, I guess he saw the girl and decided to run out behind her. I said, ‘Stop, A.J.,’ and he was in the middle of the street so I said keep going. That’s when we all got hit.”
the Journal-Constitution says the public has been “unsympathetic” with the woman’s story, arguing that parents should walk to traffic lights no matter how far away they are. In an earlier event, a mother was charged with involuntary manslaughter for her child’s death, while the driver was left without any charges.
Nearly 75,000 have signed an online petition in support of Nelson and if you’d like to as well, you can visit the link to lend a hand. I’m not condoning what Nelson did, however I don’t think she should get such a sentence, especially one that far exceeds that of the driver who killed her son and drove off. That’s just my opinion. What do you think?
source: Yahoo! News