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WHOA: No Jail Time For Teen Who Killed Three People Crossing Street

An Atlanta teen has pleaded guilty in the 2017 deaths of three pedestrians in Georgia, where two of them were trying to escape Hurricane Irma in Florida.

News outlets reported 19-year-old Zoe Reardon was placed on probation for three years and ordered to complete 240 hours of community service after the crash in Woodstock, northwest of Atlanta.

WSB reports Reardon’s attorney said the girl did not want to put the victims’ families through a trial. She could have faced 36 months behind bars.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kaitlin Hunt, 3-month-old Riley Hunt of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and 61-year-old family friend Kathy Deming died after they were hit by Reardon’s Jeep. 

Riley Hunt died the night of the Sept. 9, 2017, crash. The adults died several days later in a hospital.

Reardon has maintained she never saw the group crossing the road and her defense insisted it was not a case of distracted driving. Still, victims’ loved ones asked the judge to hand down the harshest sentence possible.

“It’s ridiculous to say they walked out in front of you. That didn’t happen, and you know it didn’t happen," said Kathy’s widow, Mike Deming, during an impact statement. 

She’s a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Judge Alan Jordan is allowing 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."

Reardon apologized in court Monday. 

“I want to take this opportunity to say how truly sorry I am," she cried.

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