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12:21 AM, Dec 11, 2009   |    comments
  • Karla Campos
  • Edith Anderson (Photo courtesy: Cobb County Sheriff's Office)
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MARIETTA, GA - "We were making big plans for the Christmas party, but instead of that, we're making arrangements for a funeral," Esteban Hernandez tells 11 Alive News.

His 5-year-old niece, Karla Campos, was part of those excited Christmas plans.

Hernandez says she was also excited to ride the bus every day as a kindergarten student at Mountain View Elementary School.

But Wednesday afternoon Karla Campos died not long after stepping off her bus at the intersection of Davis Road and Aberdeen Court in east Cobb County.

A car came up from behind the stopped school bus and some other cars, suddenly passed all of those vehicles on the right and traveled along the sidewalk where it struck the child.

Karla was hit in front of her waiting mother and her home.

"When I knew about that," her uncle told us, "tears came out of me. I couldn't stop that, you know."

Thursday afternoon Cobb County Police officers were reconstructing the fatal accident because it's expected to end up in court.

The driver of the car that hit Karla, 82-year-old Edith Anderson of Roswell, faces a felony vehicular homicide charge as well as other traffic offenses.

Police say speeding, alcohol and drugs played no role.

Instead, they say Anderson panicked when she came up on the stopped school bus and cars and made a tragic mistake.

"She stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake and veered off to the right," says Cobb County Police Officer Joe Hernandez, "That combination caused her to lose control of her vehicle."

No one answered the door of Edith Anderson's Roswell apartment when 11 Alive stopped by Thursday afternoon.

After being booked at the Cobb County Jail Wednesday night, she got out on $5,000 bond shortly before midnight.

Karla Campos' uncle says he's not upset with Anderson, but does think she should not be on the road at her age.

"That makes the question how old we should be when we cannot drive no more," he says.

The Cobb County community is already pouring out its hearts to the Campos family.

Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta, a neighboring florist, a vault company and Kennesaw Memorial Park cemetery are all donating their services for the child's burial.

Cobb County Schools also announced that it has established a Karla Campos memorial fund along with Mountain View Elementary School.

Donations may be made online at the Cobb Schools Foundation web site.


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