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SUV driver charged with backing over stroller, killing 1-year-old

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The driver of an SUV who police say backed into a 1-year-old in a stroller in a Gwinnett County parking lot has been charged in the child's death.

On Sept. 17, Brooke Hellwig was pushing her daughter, Olivia, in a stroller into the parking lot at Lenora Park when 30-year-old Tekila Glass backed her 2005 Chrysler Pacifica into the stroller.

According to police, Glass was backing her SUV through the parking lot to park in an available space when Hellwig came out from between two legally parked cars with her daughter. 

"I tried so hard to get to her," said Hellwig.

A Gwinnett County police spokesman told CBS Atlanta that Olivia was taken to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta, where she died from her injuries. 

After almost two weeks of investigation, police determined that Glass was primarily at fault for the accident.

"It's horrific for everybody. Nobody likes to see this," said Cpl. Ed Ritter with Gwinnett County Police.

Friday, police said Glass had turned herself in to the Gwinnett County Jail where she was then arrested and charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and improper backing of a vehicle.

Glass was released from jail after posting bond.  No other charges have been filed.

"We don't see any other charges pending at this point unless something else changes or something else comes up through the investigation," said Ritter.

A statement released by the Hellwig family said in part:

"The Hellwig Family appreciates very much all of the prayers, cards, and other support that so many people have extended to them during this most difficult time. Brooke and Brad Hellwig will need the continued support of family members and friends for a considerable period of time as they continue to grieve the devastating loss of their precious child." 

CBS Atlanta was unable to reach Glass for comment.

Police are still investigating the accident.  If you have any information, call the Accident Investigation Unit at 770-338-5675.

A family member also said that people can contribute to a fund set up to create memorial for Olivia at any SunTrust bank. Donations can be made to "Olivia Anne Hellwig."

"She gave the best hugs.  She was quite, loving and an incredible little baby.  She always will be our little angel," said Olivia's father Brad Hellwig.

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