by: Erin Coleman Updated:DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None —
The DeKalb County
solicitor general is calling a decision to overturn the conviction of a woman who hit and killed a child troubling.
Flowers still mark the spot where Kameron Dunmore, 7, died two and a half years ago.
On Feb. 2, 2009, Shirley Ogilvie hit Dunmore on Deshon Road, just feet away from Princeton Elementary School, even though a crossing guard with a stop sign had ordered traffic to stop for the boy.
"Just to know someone gets hit and then the crossing guard was there too? It kind of scared everyone," family friend Jasmine Fitzpatrick told Channel 2's Erin Coleman. Fitzpatick was there that day and remembers everything.
"He was really sweet, very energetic, loved people a lot," she added.
Ogilvie was convicted of vehicular homicide, but just last week, an appeals court overturned it.
"She cried and cried," her attorney Jackie Patterson said. "She was elated, but at the same time she wanted everyone to know that she still regrets that this terrible accident occurred."
"The ruling cites an error by the judge as the reason for reversing the judgment," Patterson aid. "On the grounds that the judge violated her rights by not giving the jury the option of ruling that this was an accident."
Kameron Dunmore's family has since moved from the subdivision across the street. But as his grandmother told us
in 2009, he was a special child who will not be forgotten.
"He would tell
others, 'You shouldn't do hat; that's wrong,'" Linda Smith said. "He was such a wonderful little boy. He really was."
DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston released a statement calling the ruling "troubling." Her
representative told Channel 2 Action News they are moving forward with the case and could file a motion to reconsider by the end of the week.