Elderly Ga. woman who killed child released early

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MARIETTA, Ga. – An elderly woman who hit and killed a kindergartener getting off a Cobb County school bus has been released from prison after serving 76 days of her three-year sentence.

State records show 87-year-old Edith Main Anderson of Roswell was released April 12. She was booked into Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville on Jan. 27 after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide.

Authorities say 5-year-old Karla Campos was getting of her school bus in December 2009 when Anderson hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and struck the child. Anderson was arrested and released later that day on $5,000 bond.

Her attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Anderson pleaded guilty to save the girl's family from having to endure a trial. Anderson apologized to the Campos family in court.

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nycweeks
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nycweeks 04/25/11 - 02:31 am
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It would be of no benefit to

It would be of no benefit to continue to hold her in prison and have the taxpayers pay for her imprisonment. She is too old to learn a lesson from it, either. However; the people that allowed her to drive...that's a different story.

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corgimom 04/25/11 - 04:21 am
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Sure, no benefit. Kill a

Sure, no benefit. Kill a child, serve 76 days.

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MARIETTA, GA - "We were making big plans for the Christmas party, but instead of that, we're making arrangements for a funeral," Esteban Hernandez tells 11 Alive News.

His 5-year-old niece, Karla Campos, was part of those excited Christmas plans.

Hernandez says she was also excited to ride the bus every day as a kindergarten student at Mountain View Elementary School.

But Wednesday afternoon Karla Campos died not long after stepping off her bus at the intersection of Davis Road and Aberdeen Court in east Cobb County.

A car came up from behind the stopped school bus and some other cars, suddenly passed all of those vehicles on the right and traveled along the sidewalk where it struck the child.

Karla was hit in front of her waiting mother and her home.

"When I knew about that," her uncle told us, "tears came out of me. I couldn't stop that, you know."

Thursday afternoon Cobb County Police officers were reconstructing the fatal accident because it's expected to end up in court.

The driver of the car that hit Karla, 82-year-old Edith Anderson of Roswell, faces a felony vehicular homicide charge as well as other traffic offenses.

Police say speeding, alcohol and drugs played no role.

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76 days is a travesty of justice.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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As tragic as the accident was

As tragic as the accident was you have to keep in mind that it was an accident. It astounds me that now people are going to prison for accidents yet people willfully and intentionally run school bus stop signs every day and nothing is done about it. There isn't an active move from law enforcement to stop these kinds of violations.

Secondly what does being 87 have to do with anything? Instead of singling out elderly people we should be removing incompetent people from driving. There are elderly people who drive very well and still have mental awareness and the reflexes to do so. What about the youth who text while driving? They are more dangerous. Of how about those who slow down to talk on their cell to be safe. 20 in a 45? How safe is that?

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stillamazed 04/25/11 - 07:35 am
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I agree Tisk tisk, I see alot

I agree Tisk tisk, I see alot of people behind wheels everyday that should not be driving, as a matter of fact as I was driving last week on Belair Rd, a teenage girl passed me in the 45 mph zone and I bet you she was doing at least 70 and I see it all the time but the funny thing is that Columbia County seems to just overlook speeders for some reason. Back to the story, I am heart broken for the the family but the truth is that accidents like this could happen to any of us at any time.......

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Einstein 04/25/11 - 10:08 am
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She was probably DWT (Driving

She was probably DWT (Driving While Texting). I agree. Instead of cracking down, they seem to be turning a blind eye to these kinds of accidents.

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happychimer 04/25/11 - 10:25 am
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When someone kills or injures

When someone kills or injures a child, there are always those who take up for the criminal. Never mind the child.

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fastgunz7 04/25/11 - 10:27 am
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"A car came up from behind

"A car came up from behind the stopped school bus and some other cars, suddenly passed all of those vehicles on the right and traveled along the sidewalk where it struck the child."

If this is what truly happened, then this was not a case of "accidentally" hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake. Sounds like she intentionally tried to pass the school bus (on the wrong side) and whereas she may have accidentally hit and killed an innocent little girl, in MY opinion, she should serve her full term. Granted, she may be 87-years old, but Ms. Campos will never have the chance to grow up!!

Einstein
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Einstein 04/25/11 - 10:54 am
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Nycweeks posted, "It would be

Nycweeks posted, "It would be of no benefit to continue to hold her in prison and have the taxpayers pay for her imprisonment. She is too old to learn a lesson from it, either."

This all depends on your point of view. The concept of incarceration serves many purposes, not just to attempt the rehabilitate the offender (which it seems to fail miserably in this area anyway based on recent stars. In the best cases, typically 20% or less of those incarcerated for felonies re-offend and are incarcerated for at least one other felony in their lifetime. True, she doesn't have as much time left to re-offend as those if us that are younger than her, but, unfortunately, she does pose a risk to society. There us no information on her driving privileges being suspended, but, at a minimum, I would hope that this woman isn't driving anymore. Anyway, the PRIMARY reason for incarcerating people is to, at least temporarily, remove them as a threat to society. I just hope that me and my family members aren't walking around anywhere close to where this woman is operating a vehicle!

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