Posted on Aug 16, 2011
On April 10, 2010, Raquel Nelson and her three children were crossing Austell Road in Cobb County. The family was jaywalking as they returned home after getting off a Cobb Community Transit bus. Raquel has testified under oath that the family was jaywalking because the nearest crosswalk was more than a quarter mile away, and she wanted to get her kids home before dark.

As they crossed Austell Road, Raquel and two of her children were reportedly hit by a car in a hit-and-run crash. Raquel and her younger daughter were hurt. Raquel's 4-year-old son, A.J., was killed.

The driver who hit the family spent six months in jail and remains on probation.

However, he was not the only one charged and convicted for this fatal Cobb County accident. Raquel Nelson was also charged in relation to A.J.'s death. Last month she was convicted of homicide by vehicle in the second degree, crossing roadway elsewhere than at crosswalk, and reckless conduct. She was sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours of community service.

Then, Raquel Nelson was offered a new trial.

We extend our sincere condolences to the Nelson family and our Atlanta car accident lawyers, like attorneys and media from around the nation, will continue to watch the outcome of Raquel's new trial.

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