A woman accused of backing over an infant in a stroller was arrested Thursday, almost two weeks after the 1-year-old’s death.
Gwinnett County police charged Ms. Tekila Glass, 30, of Riverdale, with improper backing and second-degree vehicular homicide, spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.
Ms. Glass turned herself in to police and was later released on bond.
“At this time it is believed that Ms. Glass is primarily at fault for this accident,” Cpl. Ritter said. “There are no other charges pending at this time.”
Initially, police said Ms. Glass and the infant’s mother, Ms. Brooke Hellwig, faced charges in Olivia Hellwig’s death.
The 1-year-old girl died Sept. 17 at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta.
The incident happened shortly after 6:20 p.m. at Lenora Park at 4515 Lenora Church Road in Snellville.
Ms. Hellwig was pushing Olivia in a stroller and had just entered the parking lot, Cpl. Ritter said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Glass was backing up through the parking lot to find a spot for her 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, Cpl. Ritter said.
She struck Olivia and her mother as they were crossing the parking lot, the corporal said.
“The mother pushed Olivia out from in between two legally parked vehicles into the path of Ms. Glass as she was backing her vehicle,” Cpl. Ritter said. “Ms. Glass was unable to avoid collision and struck Olivia in her stroller.”
Emergency workers rushed Olivia to the hospital where she later died as a result of the injuries from the collision, Cpl. Ritter said. Ms. Hellwig was treated for minor injuries.
At the time, investigators said they expected to charge Ms. Glass and Olivia’s mom for her death.
But after further investigation, police said Ms. Glass alone is to be blamed for Olivia’s death.
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