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Woman who fatally struck student with car released from prison

Posted on April 26, 2011

HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. — An 83-year-old woman who struck and killed a kindergarten student exiting a school bus in December 2009 was released from prison on April 12 after serving 76 days.

In January, Edith Main Anderson was sentenced to three years in prison after she pled guilty to vehicular homicide, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In the incident, Anderson stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake of her 1995 Nissan Altima as 5-year-old Karla Campos stepped off her school bus. Anderson swerved to the right and lost control of the car, striking Campos and continuing into the grass, according to police.

Campos died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, her mother, Gloria Campos, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Anderson was arrested and released shortly thereafter on $5,000 bond.

Anderson pled guilty to spare Campos' family the stress of a trial, according to her attorney. She apologized to the girl's family in the courtroom in January.

 

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