The story of a woman who was convicted of vehicular homicide when her son was killed in a hit-and-run is one of the worst examples of American car culture, and the way it shifts fault to the victim and hurts the poor.
The facts of the case are that the mother of a four-year was charged with vehicular homicide because, "Instead of walking to a crosswalk half a kilometre away, she led her children to a median. According to testimony, her daughter darted across the street and son A.J. followed and was hit and killed."
The driver who killed her son "pleaded guilty to hit and run" and "had been drinking earlier in the day while taking pain medication, was partly blind in one eye, and had two previous hit-and-run convictions from 1997."
Despite serving a six-month felony sentence, and the two previous hit-and-run convictions, the driver who killed the boy has kept his driver's license.
It's a bit like a mother being charged with homicide when her son is killed by a mugger because she was walking through a bad part of town! The Atlanta transportation network essentially ignores pedestrians (why was the pedestrian crossing so far from the bus stop?), and then blames the victims.
It's especially outrageous that the mother was facing a three-year jail term, while the hit-and-run driver is serving only six months.
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