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After a day of emotionally wrenching testimony from grieving friends and family members, a teen driver pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation, fines and other conditions in a 2017 crash in downtown Woodstock that left two women and a baby dead.
Zoe Reardon, who turns 19 on Tuesday, was sentenced to 36 months on probation and ordered to complete 240 hours of community service and safe driver training. She must pay about $4,000 in fines that she can reduce if she donates to a foundation that works to combat distracted driving, and her license will be suspended for between 12 and 36 months.
“I regret this is the first time you’ve ever heard from me,” she told the loved ones of Kaitlin Hunt, her 3-month-old Riley Hunt and their family friend Kathy Deming, who all died from their injuries after Reardon’s Jeep struck them in downtown Woodstock. “I’ve often wanted to reach out. I can’t imagine how much pain you’re experiencing. For all your heartbreak and loss, I am truly sorry.”
Cherokee County State Court Judge Alan Jordan granted first offender status.
“You’re pretty young,” he told Reardon during sentencing. “You’ve got a lifetime ahead of you. I expect this is something you’re going to have a hard time dealing with the rest of your life.”
Kaitlin Hunt’s 30th birthday would have been Wednesday.
“I wish there was more I could have done to make it better for y’all,” Jordan told the victims’ friends and relatives. “I sincerely hope you folks can start to find closure.”