SMU Student Who Killed 3 Pedestrians — Including Infant — in Georgia Crash Won't Go to Prison

A student at Southern Methodist University won't serve any prison time for being behind the wheel in a 2017 crash that killed three pedestrians in Georgia.Zoe Thomasina Reardon, who turned 19 on Tuesday, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of homicide by vehicle and one count of texting while driving. In a plea agreement, the SMU freshman was sentenced to 3 years of probation.Reardon was 17 when she fatally struck Kathy Deming, 61, Kaitlin Hunt, 28, and 3-month-old Riley Hunt in a crosswalk in Woodstock, Ga., the night of Sept. 9, 2017. Police said she had been texting just beforehand.She told authorities she never saw the pedestrians, according to court records.Reardon apologized to the victims' families before her plea was accepted, saying she was truly sorry for their "heartbreaking loss," the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News reported. In earlier victim impact statements, relatives said Reardon and her family had not apologized or shown any remorse.Judge Alan Jordan ordered Reardon to complete 240 hours of community service and said her license will be suspended for one to three years. Shewill be allowed to remotely check in with her probation officer while she attends SMU. "You're pretty young," Jordan said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "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."The Hunts, who lived in Florida, were staying in Georgia at the time because their home was threatened by Hurricane Irma, the Tribune & Ledger-News reported.  Continue reading...

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