Tammy Lowe, the Grand Prairie Teacher Who Allegedly Ran Over a 6-Year-Old and Drove Away, Turned Herself In Today

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On Thursday night, 6-year-old John Raidy was walking a few paces ahead of his mother and younger sister as they returned home from buying candy. He stepped onto North Carrier Parkway about the same time a small black SUV was running a red light.

"He got a few steps out in front of me and the car honked at us," John's mother, Lauren Raidy-Brooks told WFAA. "He ran the red light, and all I heard was the sound and then I saw my son."

The first-grader was thrown onto the hood of the car, which drove another hundred yards before coming to a stop. Raidy-Brooks thought the driver must have realized what she'd done and was stopping to help the dying boy, but she paused only long enough for the body to roll to the pavement. He was taken to an Arlington hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Grand Prairie police spent the next six days trying to find leads. About the only evidence they had was a grainy video showing the car, which they concluded was a Toyota Yaris, making a right turn shortly before the accident.

Meanwhile, the family pleaded with the driver to "grow a conscience" and come forward.

Grand Prairie police say that happened today when Tammy Lowe, a middle-school history teacher at Grand Prairie's Adams Middle School, walked into the police station and surrendered.

Lowe, 53, is being held in Dallas County jail on a charge of failure to stop and render aid and for injury to a child. Her bond is $100,000. Police said at a press conference that, shortly before turning herself in, she left a note at Adams Middle School announcing her resignation.

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mydallascheckandbala
mydallascheckandbala

While Cameron Gray was a Justice of the Peace in Grand Prairie, he was busted in 1992 with (1) Valium, (2) crack cocaine and (3) a prostitute in his car.  He struck a plea deal with prosecutors and was to serve 2 years of probation and resign as Justice of the Peace.

And he's talking about credibility in his latest press conference?

Tammy Lowe waited 5 days to turn herself in after she killed a 6 year old kid?  And they want us to think she's credible?

saenzkatherine
saenzkatherine

She was my seventh grade teacher she would be nice sometimes and mean.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Another reason why putting guns in the hands of teachers is a crazy idea.

pamjohnson654
pamjohnson654

she is a grown woman and knows what she did. i just dont have sympathy for her.


dutchlady55
dutchlady55

She had the balls to just stop only to let the boy roll off her car as if she had hit an animal.Hiding her car and herself.She knew what she did.

txseven7
txseven7

She ran the light..they say it had been red for 14 seconds..she is guilty  I dont care what her excuse is..and to hide for almost a week seems to me she was hiding something! Poor baby and his family <3 God be with them.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Im starting to suspect this was a tragic accident w/o malice, which do happen from time to time. I think it was exasperated by the fact the mutant public kept crucifying this woman even before the facts were actually known..I'm not excusing her for not stopping to render aid, but I can see why she freaked out, I would too if I hit a kid.

In addition, why hasn't anyone jumped on the mother of this child for not doing her job as a parent, which is to make sure her kids are beside her when they cross a busy thoroughfare. My parents made sure if I crossed the street, I was right by their side, I wasnt allowed to "run out" as this boy did. If I did, there would've been heck to pay..

melindacook
melindacook

If the little boy ran out in front of her why would she drive off? I mean why would anyone drive of irregardless of who's fault it was but especially in this case when it sounds as if the little boy ran in front of the red light. How can a person just drive off?

russp
russp

How about vehicular homicide?

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Congratulations for making the death of a child a partisan political argument.  Well played.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@txseven7 It's wild that she waited until the police gave out the make and model of the car she was driving. 

deep-sigh
deep-sigh

@ChrisDangerShow I'm starting to think she was drunk and her first reaction was that she'd get fired for a DUI and hitting a kid.  THEN she found out the kid died.  Drank more....knew it was just a matter of time...then came forward.  This isn't Halle Berry " I was concussed..I was hazy, my Bentley has autopilot and it drove itself home"...She HIT and KILLED a child.  Seriously...trying to blame the Mom..disgusting. 

marthafocker32
marthafocker32

@ChrisDangerShow

So lets say that the boy was holding his mothers hand and the driver hit all three of them.. Would you still be blaming the mother?! The driver RAN A RED Light!! It had been red for 14 seconds!!!! Please stop blaming the mother and stop making excuses for the driver who KILLED this little angel and then DROVE AWAY!

macybeas31
macybeas31

@ChrisDangerShow I agree 100% I'm not condoning her actions but that child should have been held by his hand as well I have six kids and we all hold hands when we cross streets , they are 5,8,13,15,17,18and it don't matter how old or young I still hold their hand .

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

@hector454257 Wow.  Would you have ever expected anything like this from her?  How was she as a teacher?


yez0001
yez0001

@melindacook This little boy did not run in front of this woman's car. As a matter of fact John and his mother were crossing a main intersection on a green light when this woman decided to run the red light. She is responsible for this accident.

poppacraig
poppacraig

@russp

Not applicable. Homocide is associated with intent. A drunk driver knows they drank and intentionally gets behind the wheel anyhow, a jealous wife intends to run over her husband when she points the car at him. This was an accident. The charges being filed against her are appropriate for the situation.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

@marthafocker32 Martha, that would be a different scenario altogether and you know it. Trust me, im not letting her get away scot-free. Mrs.Lowe didn't stop and render aid, she'll be held accountable for that. What i'm saying is that this whole situation is appearing to be a tragic accident that didn't need to happen on both parts (Parent/Mrs. Lowe).  The first thing I was taught when crossing a busy street when I was a kid was to hold my parents hand, which if I didnt, I would catch heck. I'm suspecting what happened here is, tragically, the parent was focused on her baby in the stroller and not her 6 yr old, it does happen. What also happened here is Mrs. Lowe didn't pay attention to the signal either, two of these things combined into what played out on that night.  Trust me, I sympathize with the mother, I feel for her. But what I dont sympathize is people making half-assed accusations about the accused until we have ALL the facts

Heres my suggestion for everyone: Hold your judgement until the trial ends as we are ALL given the right of due process in this country(innocence before guilt), put away your pitchforks and torches and let the facts come out...

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@macybeas31 So you are upset that three people were not killed?  The fact that the boy's hand was not being held did not cause the killer to run the red light.  And if the boy's hand had been held it would not have stopped the killer from running the red light either.  The only issue was the boy happened to be in the wrong spot when the killer chose to run the red light.  Trying to blame the victim's mother is really sick and twisted

backstreet41
backstreet41

@scottindallas @russp I would love to put my hands around her neck until she is so dead. John did not do anything wrong, Lauren was and is a great mom, She will pay for this you can count on it. I can't say what I would like to here on the internet but I will say I HATE this bitch and wish her only HELL. And yes before you say it--- Yes I know it wrong to hate but this is something I have to live with also. And without my GRANDSON.


russp
russp

@poppacraig 

I thought if a death occurs in commission of another crime, homicide is applicable. Or isn't a red light violation or failing to render considered crime?

Tom434
Tom434

@poppacraig Doesn't mean she hadn't been drinking enough to blow a .08.  I imagine now the PD are trying to reconstruct where she had been

laquinn69
laquinn69

@ChrisDangerShow @marthafocker32  Have you ever been on this street? North Carrier Parkway Grand Prairie Texas??? she was pushing the stroller the wheel got stuck he took a couple extra steps. there is no excuse for Tammy to have blown that light then watched him fall and then take off and hide for several days,that little boy was and is loved and his family are in pain. things do happen but to say the mother is at fault when he was walking next to the stroller if the wheel had not gotten stuck the mother and both children WOULD have been hit. I have lived on that road just a couple blocks away that is a heavy residential area Tammy should have been paying better attention. she showed no remorse when she could just drive away...


WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@ChrisDangerShow @marthafocker32 Chris may you be involved in a lawsuit where you are totally in the right and have someone like you on the jury.  When you cross the street please have someone hold your hand and please never ever drive a car or use power tools.  The fact is the killer ran the red light and the victim was in the cross walk where he was supposed to be.

laquinn69
laquinn69

@WhiteWhale They were crossing together the stroller wheel got stuck they would have all been hit

laquinn69
laquinn69

@macybeas31 from what I have heard is the daughters stroller wheal got stuck while they were crossing the road and John got out past the stroller. if that hadn't happened they all would have been hurt. the mother is hurting please have some consideration


WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@alteredjustice @WhiteWhale Let me explain it to you as simply as possible.  The child was in the crosswalk crossing with the light.  The child was doing what he should have been doing.  

An a hole similar to yourself blew through the red light and used the kid as a hood ornament for over 300 feet.  The killer briefly stopped to allow for bloody broken body to roll off the hood and then raced off.   

It was not the lack of the mother's attention that got her child killed.  Jerks should not blow through red lights particularly when they have been red for over 13 seconds.   It is unlikely that anyone could have jerked the child out of the way.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@WhiteWhale Children have worse reaction times and reflexes and are worse at paying attention to the dangers around them. Assuming she and the children were in the intersection, she likely could have at least jerked the children out of harm's way. The way it sounds though, the child was out in front and had she been holding his hand, he would not have been hit by the car.

I see parents who don't properly teach their children to stay out of the road and pay attention to the dangers around them. It may not have been lack of attention that caused him to be struck by the car, but she certainly should have been holding his hand.

macybeas31
macybeas31

@WhiteWhale I understand what u mean and not defending that woman at all she deserves to be where she is and some I was just saying maybe just maybe it would have been a little different , but I see what u mean no matter how we see it or ifs or buts that baby is gone and I'm just glad that he can now rest in peace with his killer no longer on the lose .

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@voiceofreason51  Yeah, he was walking ahead of his mother and THEY had the green light and the right of way. This lady ran her red light and killed him. Stop being an ass and get your shit straight. Voice of Reason? Yeah, right.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@poppacraig It is going to be tough to prove she was drunk or high.  That is why people often fail to stop, they want to get the drugs or alcohol out of their system or get rid of as much evidence as possible before the cops get them.

russp
russp

@poppacraig 

Whether done through stupidity, negligence or intent, a person should face the consequences of their actions. This woman made so many wrong actions, she needs more than a slap. No it does not bring the child back but if that is the basis for our criminal justice system we might as well throw it out, it never erases the crimes.

poppacraig
poppacraig

@russp @Guesty @poppacraig

Failure to render aid isn't a traffic ticket, it is a 3rd degree felony with possible prison time. But I am curious why it would suck. Does punishing this woman for a mistake bring back the dead child? Yes failing to render aid is horrible, but it is rarely malicious. What,out likely happened is she panicked. Then once she panicked she was further in a corner since she just turned a tragic accident into a felony.

Now if we find out she was drunk or high then there was intent, but as it is she will probably wake up for the rest of her life seeing the image of that boy hitting her hood, her teaching career is toast, and she is looking at a year in jail, all for one moment of careless driving and one panicked moment.

russp
russp

@Guesty @russp @poppacraig 

Just sucks if she manages to get nothing but a couple of traffic tickets after killing a child and then running off and hiding for a few days.


Guesty
Guesty

@russp @poppacraig It depends what you mean by homicide   Generally, the felony murder rule states that if you commit a felony and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual, its murder even if you didn't intend to kill anybody.  E.g., you rob a bank and the guard shoots and kills an innocent bystander, it doesn't matter that you personally didn't intend for someone to get shot, you still are guilty of murder (i.e. intentional homicide).

Running a red light doesn't count because it isn't a felony.  Failing to render aid is more interesting, but I doubt there could ever be proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the child would have survived if she stopped after the accident.  So that probably is out. 

But I don't see why she couldn't be prosecuted for criminally negligent homicide if she did in fact run a red light.  Someone with more knowledge would have to chime in to let us know if running a red light is "criminal negligence" under the Texas Penal Code.       


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