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Driver Who Hit Stroller, Killed Baby Sentenced to 1 Year in Jail

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    Parents Testify About Car Crash Death of Baby in Stroller

    A nightmare that won't end. The parents of a baby who died when a driver hit his stroller testified on Tuesday against that driver. News4's David Culver reports. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018)

    The man who crashed into a baby's stroller as his mother pushed him in a crosswalk in Virginia has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.

    The driver, John Miller, was sentenced to the maximum jail time his convictions carried and fined $2,750 in the death of 5-month-old Tristan Schulz.

    The infant's grieving parents delivered tearful testimony against Miller for hours Wednesday and Thursday, recounting the day of the horrific crash. 

    "I tried so hard to hold onto the stroller, to pull back, to save him," Mindy Schulz, the baby's mother, told the court.

    Man Who Hit Stroller, Killing Baby, Guilty of Lesser Charges

    [DC] Man Who Hit Stroller, Killing Baby, Guilty of Lesser Charges

    The man who hit a mother and a baby with his SUV last year, killing the baby, was found guilty Tuesday on two lesser charges. Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver reports. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.)

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017)

    "I felt the moment I wasn’t strong enough to save my baby; I felt the moment I failed as a mother," she continued.

    "I never knew how heavy empty arms can be," she said. 

    Miller, 47, was turning onto Riverside Parkway on Aug. 31, 2016 in Lansdowne, Virginia. The mother and child were in the crosswalk. 

    Miller was the first person on the scene to call 911, his defense lawyer said. But Tristan died of his injuries.

    "I could feel my very soul ripped apart. My world shattered," the baby's father, Rod Schulz, said during hours on the stand.

    “Tristan was the light that filled our hearts and our home," he said.

    Manslaughter Charge Dropped for Driver Who Killed Baby

    [DC] Manslaughter Charge Dropped for Driver Who Killed Baby

    The most serious charge against a driver who killed an infant in a stroller has been dropped. Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver got reaction. Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017)

    Miller pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge and guilty to a failure to yield charge. A more serious charge, involuntary manslaughter, was dropped.

    In addition to the maximum jail sentence, Miller was fined $2,500 for reckless driving and $250 for failure to yield.

    "Words cannot adequately describe the sadness and grief [I feel] on a daily basis," Miller said at his sentencing. He called the crash "an accident of monumental proportions with a horrible outcome."

    “Never once has Miller apologized for, let alone admitted to, killing our son," Mindy Schulz said.

    Ahead of his sentencing, Miller apologized. 

    "I am truly sorry for any pain I have caused the Schulz family," he said.

    Lansdowne Residents Remember Baby Killed in Crosswalk

    [DC] Lansdowne Residents Remember Baby Killed in Crosswalk

    A group of residents in Loudoun County, Virginia, gathered to remember a baby boy killed when a car struck him and his mother in a crosswalk.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017)

    Correction (Jan. 25, 2018, 2:12 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misstated the fine. It has been corrected.

    Correction (Jan. 25, 2018, 2:12 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misstated the child's age. It has been corrected.

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