On Sunday afternoon, four children were injured when a car was knocked out of gear at a home in North Hall County. According to State Patrol, a 1988 Acura Legend was parked in the garage when it came out of gear and rolled backward. The car struck the children, who were playing in a neighbor's yard.
Two of the injured children, Julian Rangeo, 8, and Sebastian Rangeo, 5, were flown to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The other two, Emilee Guerra, 1, and Savannah Brown, 1, were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Georgia State Patrol's Trooper 1st Class Brodie Forrester states that the children are all neighbors. He believes that two of them are brothers.
The pastor at Rock Hill, Paul Milligan, saw the helicopter transporting the children when he was leaving the nursing home to go to church. “I jumped out of our church van because I thought one of our children had gotten hit at the church,” he said. “It's a tragedy and we're definitely keeping the families in prayer.”
The owner of the car, Oleksandra Y. Myrna, 32, faces charges pending an investigation. As of now, Myrna faces four counts of reckless conduct, as a result of not applying the emergency brake. Reckless conduct is a misdemeanor offense that carries up to 12 months in jail and a $1000.00 fine.
The case is under investigation with potentially more charges possible. Of course, the owner of the vehicle is presumed innocent. Just because the vehicle hit the children does not make Myrna criminally responsible. If the conduct was not legally "reckless," then Myrna could not be charged criminally. However, if the owner of the vehicle was merely negligent in his operation, then the owner could be civilly responsible.
Either way he will need a top-notch Hall County Attorney.