Monday, August 1, 2011

Making bus stops convenient for pedestrians?

Woman convicted of vehicular homicide (despite not having a car)
Raquel Nelson, 30, is opting for a new trial on charges relating to the 2010 death of her 4-year-old son, who died in a hit-and-run collision as the family tried to cross a Cobb County, Georgia, road.
Nelson was convicted of vehicular homicide and other charges for not using a crosswalk. The convictions carried the possibility of jail time. At the sentencing Tuesday, Judge Kathryn Tanksley gave Nelson probation, community service and the chance to opt for a new trial.

I heard this story on NPR over the weekend and was flabbergasted that the mother had been charged. The drunk hit-and-run driver only served 6 months in jail. The radio story said the mother and her children had missed a bus and had to wait an hour for the next one. By the time they got home, the kids were hungry and tired, so instead of walking up 1/3 a mile to the intersection, crossing the street, then walking 1/3 a mile back to the apartment complex, they crossed directly from the stop.

Some advocates are calling for the county and the bus system to re-examine where bus stops are placed. And, of course, many are calling for the woman's conviction to be overturned.

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