DALLAS A former Grand Prairie teacher was sentenced to eight years for manslaughter and 10 years for failure to render aid in the death of 6-year-old John Paul Raidy.
Tammy Lowe, 54, fled the scene after she struck the boy in January of 2013. A jury found her guilty Thursday on both charges. The two sentences were order to be served concurrently.
'I have no more hugs. No more, 'I love you Mommy's,'' said the boy's mother, Lauren Raidy-Brooks, through tears. 'Nothing left but memories and a broken heart. I will never get over this loss.'
Paul Raidy was walking in a crosswalk with his mother and younger sister when Lowe ran a red light. Lowe's car struck Paul Raidy, who rolled across the hood.
Lowe said she panicked and fled the scene. Five days, she turned herself into police.
It took 18 months for John Paul Raidy's family to get to this day; the day they could tell Lowe how their lives fell apart when she killed their son. Lauren Raidy-Brooks, the boy's mother, took the stand and became emotional as she addressed Lowe.
'You treated my son as if he was debris in the road,' she said through tears. 'You ran into him like a roach when the lights go on. I wondered if you would keep hiding and go on with your life after you killed John.'
Lowe told the jury she panicked, and even kept what she did from her husband before turning herself in five days later.
'You tried to cover up what you did,' the mother said in court. 'And lived your life with your family, while I died inside from having to bury my child.'
Andrew Ellis, the boy's father father, also took the stand. He looked directly at Lowe as he spoke to her Friday.
'I now spend the rest of my life with you as a constant shadow of my past,' he said.
Lowe, a former Grand Prairie teacher, could have been sentenced to up to 20 years, but she had no prior criminal record and instead will serve only 10. She will be eligible for parole in four years.
'We will always remember this case,' said prosecutor Danielle Uher. 'It weighed heavily on all of the jurors. Anyone who sat in that courtroom will always remember this case. It will always be something that affects our lives.'
Andrew Ellis said the end of the case doesn't bring closure, only new direction.
'It's time to move on. Time to heal,' he said. 'Time to try and reconnect with what's really important.'