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Former teacher found guilty in hit-and-run death of young boy


A former schoolteacher was found guilty Thursday in the 2013 hit-and-run death of a six-year-old boy in front of his horrified mother.

Texas Teacher Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Child's Hit-And-Run Death

Tammy Lowe wept in a Dallas courtroom as the jury announced it found her guilty of manslaughter after she ran a red light, mowed down the young boy and then fled the scene as he lay dying in the street.

Lowe hit John Raidy January 24, 2013 as mother Lauren Raidy pushed a stroller carrying his younger sister, prosecutors told the court, according to KRLD.

The trio was on their way to the store to buy the young boy candy because he "had been so good," the still-grieving mother testified during the trial, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The teacher then carried the doomed boy on the hood of the car the length of a football field before briefly stopping then speeding off.

Lowe struck the boy while he was in a crosswalk trying to safely cross the street.

John Raidy died a short while later at a nearby hospital.

She turned herself in five days later, according to reports.

The former middle school educator has already pleaded guilty to a felony count of failure to stop and render aid.

Her attorney tried to argue during court that she made a poor decision, but did not have "conscious intent" to run the red light.

"Did she panic? Did she freak out? Was she scared?" Attorney Lee Bright asked jurors, according to the paper. "I'd bet all of the above, and she made a horrible choice."

The jury deliberated for only 90 minutes before reaching their verdict following the three-day trial.

The 54-year-old faces 20-years in prison.

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kimcrdr August 21 2014 at 2:50 PM

she stopped the car and let the boy fall to the ground and drove off, waited 5 days to turn herself in! She is a pathetic excuse for a human! I wonder if she was drunk, it really don't matter, I hope she rots in prison!!!

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ricks1951f1 August 21 2014 at 2:20 PM

No matter how she cried in court the mother is still crying. May the child RIP, may the family find comfort, may this lady serve every damn day.

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katkelly57 ricks1951f1 August 21 2014 at 3:43 PM

Those tears were for herself alone....if she felt any remorse it was for getting caught.

I get so incensed by these hit and run stories, which seem to be on the rise.
I believe texting while driving has increased this incidents as well.

I could not live with myself knowing I may have caused injury or death to another person....for a child to lose their life only increases the anguish and sorrow.

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ticktockticktock1 August 21 2014 at 2:08 PM

I don't know. what if she was under influence at the time, but ran off for a few days to get sober ...

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blue42 ticktockticktock1 August 21 2014 at 4:46 PM

That will probably be what gets her a light sentence. Although very possible and probably the reason she did leave. Unfortunatley we will never know that. But it most cases like this that is usually why the people leave the scene. I would say if you get busted drunk it would be worse but who knows here in Texs anymore. Hell just say you were brought spoiled and maybe you will get off.

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Randy1953 August 21 2014 at 2:00 PM

She's a major creep . Give her the longest sentence !

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amy.james21 Randy1953 August 21 2014 at 7:42 PM

You are clueless, get a life

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investigatorkch Randy1953 August 21 2014 at 11:18 PM

amy ...you are an ahole........

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davidmapp7 August 21 2014 at 2:09 PM

sad part? a school-teacher? hits a school-aged kid and leaves? she is likely she is not 'frying' in Texas..20 years is a gift.

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junior davidmapp7 August 21 2014 at 4:23 PM

Texas only fries who they want. After all they do have a 16 year old murderer that walked away from punishment. Because if anyone thinks probation for murder is punishment, is just as crazy as the judge who gave him that sentence.

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estela92 August 21 2014 at 4:04 PM


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ranger197172 estela92 August 21 2014 at 9:08 PM

She should get lie without parole. After all who wants her back on the streets ever.

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quincy_maxwell August 21 2014 at 2:22 PM

Only 20 years in prison? Why not 200 years...that would be much more fitting. She is a POS and needs to be put away.

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bshum3 August 21 2014 at 4:51 PM

No sympathy for this criminal killer . She turned herself in so much later because she probably was drunk or on drugs . There isn't a book big enough to throw at her. Stop treating drivers that kill like they are naughty kids . Make them fully responsible for their actions.

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eaglekeeper73 August 21 2014 at 9:58 PM

Guess if you don't have enough money in Texas you get convicted but if your daddy is a rich you go free.

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Henderson Family August 21 2014 at 2:09 PM

My heart and prayers go out to little John and his family. I won't speak negatively about this because we all know. He is so precious and in a glorious place and I hope that helps you get through this. CHEND

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PAUL Henderson Family August 21 2014 at 4:41 PM

Wow, your family is lucky to have you in the family. I couldn't agree with you more. Like a lot of the other commentators I too wonder why she waited 5 days to turn herself in. But, in the end, it doesn't really matter because no answers are going to relieve the continual anguish the survivors will suffer every day with John having been taken away from us in such a violent and horrific manner. Jesus teaches us to pray for Tammy as well as the family. In this way this tragedy can uplift the memory of John and help us all to be better and more caring and compassionate brothers and sisters. CHEND, thank you very much for the love you have invoked through this tragedy and I will give my own prayer to those commenting in these threads evidencing so much anger and judgment.

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