Unfortunately a little girl did get killed when her mother recklessly tried to cross the street. It is a shame this little girl died. She didn't have to. The last paragraph in this article kills me. The mother walked her children across a very busy road and not in a crosswalk. She was dangerous and should go to jail. I feel for her, I really do. I also feel for the driver of the car that hit them. As one who has had many close calls, I just can't imagine how the driver is feeling.
Cobb mother charged in pedestrian daughter’s death
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thursday, January 29, 2009
A 31-year-old Cobb County woman has been charged with the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was killed while trying to dart across the five lanes of South Cobb Drive with her mother, brother and two sisters last November.
Police said Thursday Altamesa Lovette Walker was arrested on misdemeanor charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct on Wednesday. She was jailed and later released on her own recognizance.
According to the police report, Walker and her four children were trying to cross the busy Smyrna road on at 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 17. They were not in a crosswalk when they were hit. Brandee Kelley was killed. Her mother and three siblings had minor injuries.
The driver was not charged in the accident, which occurred just north of Kings Springs Road.
In an earlier interview with the AJC, Walker said the family had spent the night at her mother’s house and were crossing the road to catch a Cobb County Transit bus to work and day care.
On the advice of her attorney, Walker declined to comment Thursday.
Her brother, Kahmia Walker, defended his sister, who is a minister with C.A.Y.A. World Outreach Ministries in Marietta.
“My sister would not ever put her life or her children’s lives in danger on purpose,” he said. “It’s not even a heartache right now. We went through the heartache already. Now it’s ‘How dare you send a sheriff to pick up my sister, who has done nothing wrong, who has nothing on her record?’ “