BLAME: Raquel Nelson, and inset, son A.J.
A MOTHER who failed to use a pedestrian crossing when walking to the other side of the road with her four-year-old son, faces three years in jail after he was mowed down by a drunk driver.
Raquel Nelson was reportedly convicted on July 12 of second-degree vehicular homicide, reckless conduct, and failure to use a crosswalk.
Atlanta based Nelson and her three children were crossing the four-lane highway when drunk driver Jerry Guy ran over A.J with his van in April 2010
Nelson and one of her daughter’s sustained minor injuries from the accident, but the other child was unhurt in the smash.
The 30-year-old said she and her children were waiting on an island in the road before A.J. ran into the traffic.
Guy, who reportedly has two other hit-and-run convictions, was said to have been intoxicated with a cocktail of alcohol and painkillers.
The partially blind 47-year-old pleaded guilty last year and served six months in prison for his crimes. He was released on five years probation.
Nelson's aunt, Loretta Williams, told NBC: "We're just hoping as a family that she [the Judge] is compassionate and lets my niece remain with her other children.”
"She [Nelson] hasn't really had a chance to grieve yet and I believe that she needs to be able to continue with her life,” she added.