DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The parents of a toddler knocked out of her stroller and killed said they are still struggling to find closure although a woman has
pleaded guilty in the child's death.
"That's something that I will hear and see in my mind replay over and over again in my life. That's the death of my child," the heartbroken mother told Channel 2's Carl Willis.
Brooke Hellwig shared her family's journey, just one day after Tekila Glass
pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide for running over and killing the baby.
Glass received 30 days in jail and two years of probation. But Hellwig and her husband, Brad, said the punishment doesn't fit the crime. They also said Glass doesn't realize the pain and suffering she has caused their family.
"Her lawyer issued an apology, but there was nothing from her,"
Hellwig said. "I didn't feel any real remorse from her in court."
On September 17,
2011, his wife was walking with Olivia in a crosswalk at Lenora Park in Snellville when Glass slammed into her and Olivia's stroller.
"She came at us so hard and so fast out of nowhere, in reverse, In the wrong lane," Hellwig said. "She hit us once in reverse the first time, and if that's not enough kept driving, drove forward, and drove backwards again."
Hellwig believes the second time Glass rolled over Olivia-- is what killed her.
"I just truly wish that more drivers would just slow down and put their attention back on the road."
Hellwig and husband Brad
said words can't express the pain they've experienced in the seven months since the accident.
"She crawled quickly, she stood up quickly, now when we look back at it, we feel like she was rushing to get everything done
before ... before she left, " the child's father said.
The Hellwig's attorney said he has not ruled out civil suits against the park and Glass. Willis also attempted to call her attorney but did not get an answer.
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