Zoe Reardon was 17 years old when she was accused of hitting and killing 3 pedestrians, including a 3-month-old girl and was sentenced to three years in jail after a crash in Woodstock, northwest of Atlanta.

On March 2019, the girl, now 19, was given a second opportunity—serve 36 months probation and complete 24 hours of community service.

The victims were 61-year-old Kathy Deming, 28-year-old Kaitlin Hunt, and Deming’s daughter 3-month-old Riley Hunt of Port St. Lucie. They were crossing the street when Reardon drove into them in her Jeep. The infant was pronounced dead the night of the collision and her mother died several days later in a hospital, WSB reported

Reardon pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that included vehicular homicide. The teen was only charged after the deceased’s loved ones brought a civil lawsuit against authorities in the City of Woodstock over the lack of pedestrian crossing and several safety measures at the location where the three were struck in September 2017, according to Rare.

Investigators at the time of the accident determined she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was not speeding. Her defense argued that it was not a distracted driving case either, rather it was late at night and Reardon couldn’t see them crossing the road since they were wearing dark clothes.

The Atlanta teen initially pleaded guilty because she did not want the family to have to go through a full trial after the accident.

She’s a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Judge Alan Jordan was allowed her to check in with her probation officer from Texas.

“You’re pretty young,” Jordan told Reardon during sentencing. “You’ve got a lifetime ahead of you. I expect this is something you’re going to have a hard time dealing with the rest of your life.”

“I want to take this opportunity to say how truly sorry I am,” Reardon cried as she apologized in the court.

In addition to the 3-year-probation, Reardon was ordered to take a driver safety course and must pay $4,000 in fines and will be reduce if she donates to a foundation that works to combat distracted driving. Her license will so be superseded for 12 to 36 months, Rare reported.

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