4-year-old hit by drunk driver. Drunk driver serves six months. Mother charged and faces THREE years.
[Raquel]Nelson, 30 and African-American, was convicted on the charge this week by six jurors who were not her peers: All were middle-class whites, and none had ever taken a bus in metro Atlanta. In other words, none had ever been in Nelson’s shoes:
They had never taken two buses to go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart with three kids in tow. They had never missed a transfer on the way home that caused them to wait a full hour-and-a-half with tired and hungry kids for the next bus. They had never been let off at a bus stop on a five-lane speedway, with their apartment in sight across the road, and been asked to drag those three little ones an additional half-mile-plus down the road to the nearest traffic signal and back in order to get home at last.
And they had never lost control of an over-eager four-year-old as they waited on a three-foot median for a car to pass. Nor had they watched helplessly as a driver who had had “three or four” beers and two painkillers barreled toward their child.
That’s right: Because Nelson did not lug her exhausted little ones three-tenths of a mile from the bus stop to a traffic signal in order to cross five lanes of traffic, she is guilty of vehicular homicide. Because she did as her fellow bus riders, who crossed at the same time and place, and because she did what pedestrians will do every time – take the shortest reasonable path – she is guilty of vehicular homicide.
The drunk driver has a history of hit and runs. He served six months in jail. Nelson faces three years in jail. Justice?
this is what I’m talking about when I say that mothers get harsher sentences than the person who actually killed the child does.
this is fucking horrific, all of it - and while this is the first time i’ve heard of a mother being legally punished for someone else’s deadly drunk driving, i know it’s not the first time a child has died in the past couple of years because cobb county/atlanta-area city planners couldn’t be bothered to put a crossing walk near a place where a lot of poor and transit-dependent people are known to live and workfrom tremuloides
atlanta progressive news: “Beltline Inc. Attempts to Deceive City Council about BAHAB’s Original Recommendations”
APN) ATLANTA — Beltline Inc. attempted to deceive the Community Development and Human Resources Committee of the City Council of Atlanta in a series of responses to questions posed by Atlanta Progressive News regarding the Beltline Affordable Housing Trust Fund (BAHTF).
The Beltline answered a series of questions presented in writing by APN on Monday, February 14, 2011. In fact, APN has been attempting to get the Beltline to explain to the CD/HR Cmte since June 2010 why it opposed supporting affordable housing for the neediest families in Atlanta. […]
The Beltline also revealed that an affordable housing project which had received a commitment of BAHTF dollars, Phoenix House, had also fallen through, in its answers to APN’s questions.
“Although the Trust Fund committed funding to this project, the remaining subsidies from other sources fell through and at the moment the project is no longer active,” the Beltline wrote in its answer to APN’s question number five.
This is significant because in its November 2010 presentation at CD/HR, the Beltline had told the Cmte that 69 units of affordable housing were to be produced at Phoenix House, making up the vast majority of affordable housing to have been funded through the BAHTF. And these units were supposed to be targeted to families transitioning out of homelessness, whose incomes were at or below 30 percent of [the Area Medium Income].
This means that—excluding the City Hall East redevelopment—the Beltline has only funded two units of affordable housing to date. […]
worth reading - so much for the beltline’s claims of supporting ‘mixed-income housing’ in moral-political exchange for gentrifying / physically destroying non-white and working-class areas of the city …
complaining about the one way-streets: hobby of native atlantans and visitors alike
i’ve never driven a car, so while i’ve always known that downtown atlanta is shitty for driving, it took me trying to ride my bike around the hotel district at 7ish yesterday evening to fully grasp the disgruntlement-inducing stupidity of it all
between the ridiculous traffic and the one-way streets, it was faster for me to just pull over and walk my bike on the sidewalk than to actually stay on the road
what are you doing atlanta
My bus route has been eliminated, apparently? Weird.
oh, that’s terrible =/ good luck with transit post-bus routefrom ch-ch-chuffed