Both Sides Rest In Teacher’s Hit-&-Run Trial

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The prosecution and defense both rested their cases Wednesday in the hit-and-run trial of a former Grand Prairie teacher who has been charged with manslaughter. Tammy Lowe is on trial in Dallas, and has already pled guilty to failing to stop and render aid in the case of a crash that killed a 6-year-old boy.

John Paul Raidy died in the January 2013 hit-and-run incident.

The 54-year-old suspect has been accused of causing the child’s death. Raidy was hit by a car while he, his mother and younger sister were crossing the street in a crosswalk. Raidy’s mom was pushing the sister in a stroller. Authorities said that the driver ran a red light, hit Raidy and carried him on the hood of the car. The car stopped briefly before speeding away from the scene.

The case was an area-wide mystery for several days. Lowe came forward and turned herself in to authorities nearly a week later.

The trial began on Tuesday morning with testimony from Raidy’s mother, among others.

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The traffic investigator took the witness stand on Wednesday morning. Det. Tommy Hendrick was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene. He said that, after being struck by the car, the victim ended up 279 feet away. And, for the first time, the jury saw the car that police believe hit the boy while he was walking with his mother in the crosswalk.

Hendrick testified about the Toyota vehicle which was confiscated. “The front half of the car was washed,” he stated. “The back of the car was dirty, and the hood of the vehicle appeared to have been tampered with.”

The defense called no witnesses. Closing arguments began on Wednesday afternoon.

Lowe quit her teaching job last year and, through an attorney, issued an apology for what happened. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

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