LITHONIA - A Snellville woman is facing misdemeanor charges after police said she struck and killed a 7-year-old Princeton Elementary student Feb. 2 in a school crosswalk.
Shirley Rita Ogilvie, 40, is charged with vehicular homicide in the incident that killed second-grader Kameron Dunmore as he was on his way to school the morning of Feb. 2.
According to reports, Kameron had been led to the corner just across from the South DeShon Road school by his older sister.
DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said a crossing guard was there and had carried a stop sign into the crosswalk. Police are unsure why the sport utility vehicle failed to stop.
A blinking warning light was in place when the school opened in August 2007 but was removed after just a couple of months. Road signs now warn drivers of the upcoming crosswalk, but neighbors have reportedly expressed concerns about the safety of the street.
Jail records show Ogilvie was charged on Feb. 10 and posted a $3,000 bond the same day. DeKalb authorities said Tuesday there were no new developments in the investigation to report.
According to Georgia law, vehicular homicide can be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. It is most often a misdemeanor unless the driver was intoxicated, fleeing from law enforcement, illegally passing a stopped school bus or had been deemed a habitual offender.
DeKalb authorities said the investigation is ongoing.
If convicted, Ogilvie would face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.