Two charges against a Cobb County mother convicted of vehicular homicide for jaywalking when a hit-and-run driver killed her son have been dropped.
In August 2011, Raquel Nelson, 30, was sentenced to 12 months probation in Cobb County State Court on a vehicular homicide charge.
She was also given the opportunity to request a new trial, which she did.
On Thursday, Nelson pleaded no contest to the jaywalking charge and paid a $200 fine. The homicide by vehicle in the second degree and reckless conduct charges were dismissed.
The accident happened when Nelson and her three children were crossing the street after getting off a bus, three-tenths of a mile from a crosswalk. Nelson's daughter and son bolted from a median as a van approached.
The family was struck by the van, driven by Jerry Guy, slightly injuring Nelson and one of her daughters, but killing her son, AJ Newman.
Guy testified he tried to stop and swerved to avoid hitting the pedestrians, who were in the middle of the lane. He said he never saw A. J. and thought that he had only hit a basket and a post on the side of the road.
Guy pleaded guilty to hit-and-run and served a six-month sentence.
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