School board member Angela Cornett allegedly hits student with car. Image via NBC News.
Angela Cornett, a school board member in Bartow County, Georgia, reportedly stuck a 17-year-old student in a busy Walmart parking lot. Emily Gulledge, a senior in the Bartow County School District, said that she was standing in a parking spot to hold it for her brother’s girlfriend whom had just given birth when she was struck by Cornett.
Of the incident, Gulledge told NBC News, “(Cornett) approached and rolled down her window and told me to move. I very politely said, ‘I’m saving the parking space.’ She tells me to move again and she rams me with her vehicle.”
The incident was caught on film by a surveillance camera. Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jonathan Rogers told My Fox Atlanta, ”The deputy on the scene actually went and watched the video before he made any charges against Miss Cornett and from watching the video, it’s obvious that the pedestrian was standing there when the vehicle lurched forward and has to move out of the way very quickly. You can’t tell close-up how she was struck or exactly how hard she was struck, but you can see she was standing there when the vehicle lurched forward.”
NBC News reports that Cornett has been charged with reckless conduct and has since stepped down from her position on the school board.
John Mroczko, Cornett’s attorney, released a statement to My Fox Atlanta claiming that the teenager was standing in front of a buggy return when Cornett began to pull into the spot next to the return. He continued, “Unfortunately, the young lady stepped forward into Mrs. Cornett’s vehicle in what it was later learned to block the parking space. As soon as the young lady stepped toward Mrs. Cornett’s vehicle, Mrs. Cornett immediately stopped her vehicle. The young lady was not hurt. Mrs. Cornett regrets the incident occurred and wishes nothing but the best for the young lady involved. “
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