The grieving mother who was going to face 3 years in jail received probation and the possibility of a new trial:
Nelson faced up to three years in jail on the charges, but Judge Kathryn
Tanksley instead gave her 12 months probation on each of two charges, vehicular
homicide and failure to use the crosswalk, but combined the two counts into a
In addition, she was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.
In an unusual move, Tanksley also offered Nelson a new trial, telling her
that if she is found innocent of the charges her record would be cleared.
Nelson’s lawyer David Savoy they would accept the judge’s offer.
As she left court, Nelson was clearly relieved that her sentence did not
involve jail time.
“I am walking out of here. I don’t think you could be more satisfied,” she
The judge said she had received letters of support for Nelson from across the
country, and the online group Change.org claims to have delivered 125,000
signatures on a petition in support of Nelson and to demand a crosswalk at the
site of the accident.
And – by the way – a Google search turned up articles with mother/mom in the title in the majority of cases.