Jaywalking mom avoids retrial for son's death

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Jaywalking mom avoids retrial for son's death

Should mom go to jail for kid's fatal accident?

Should mom go to jail for kid's fatal accident?

A mom and her three young children crossed the street when the unthinkable happened – her 4-year-old son was hit and killed by a drunk driver.

Raquel Nelson of Marietta, Georgia, faced three misdemeanor charges, because she chose to cross the street at the bus stop, instead of the nearest crosswalk, three-tenths of a mile away. In July 2011, she was convicted of all three misdemeanors: second-degree homicide by a vehicle, crossing roadway elsewhere than a crosswalk and reckless conduct.

Nelson received a sentence of one year probation and 40 hours of community service, with the option of a retrial. She chose that retrial, but before it was scheduled to begin Thursday, two of the charges were dropped. She pleaded no contest to the jaywalking charge and paid a $200 fine, Steve Sadow, Nelson’s attorney confirmed to HLN. 

After not setting foot in jail over this incident, she had faced up to two years behind bars. The driver, who initially fled the scene, was out of prison in six months after being sentenced to five years for the hit and run. He remains on probation for the rest of his sentence.

What would you have done if you were in Raquel Nelson’s shoes and you needed to get your three kids home? Would you have chosen the shorter route and jaywalked or walked a little over half a mile to the cross walk before heading home? Tweet @KyraHLN with the #RaisingAmerica hashtag or leave your thoughts on Facebook.com.

And for conversations like this, be sure to watch Raising America every week day at 12 p.m. ET on HLN

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