In graphic and emotional detail, Lynn Tarczewski and her two children told a State Court on Wednesday about the impact Kenneth Tarczewski’s death had on their family.
Kenneth Tarczewski of Dallas, Ga., was struck and killed Sept. 19 at a red light while riding his motorcycle near the Econo Lodge at 4483 Victory Drive.
Peggy J. Hunt, 65, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree vehicular homicide and running a red light. State Court Judge Andy Prather accepted a plea agreement that was reached by Hunt’s attorney Stacey Jackson and the State Court Solicitor’s Office. The judge sentenced Hunt to 12 months probation, a $400 fine and 100 hours of community service for the vehicular homicide charge and 12 months probation and a $150 fine for running a red light.
As a special condition, Hunt has to retest on every aspect of the Georgia driver’s license test.
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Lynn Tarczewski showed the court a guardian bell she took off her husband’s motorcycle after the crash.
“The legend is that guardian bell is to protect the driver from potholes,” she told the court. “It doesn’t protect you from someone who is not paying attention to what they are doing.”
She told the judge her life has changed dramatically in the last nine months.
“We had so much planned,” Lynn Tarczewski said. “My life is so much different. I don’t mind saying I hate my life. At 7:30, I take Ambien, drink a beer and go to sleep.”
She then cries herself to sleep, she told the court.
“This wasn’t how it was supposed to end,” she said. “He was 55 and retirement was only one year away.”
Ken Tarczewski III told the court of what a great dad and confidant his father was. He recounted how they talked every day and how he misses those conversations.
“That changed the way our family is, the way our family lives and the way my mother lives,” he told the court. “She is not the same person any more. I am angry. My mom is not angry. She is devastated.”
Hunt was wiping away tears as Lynn Tarczewski addressed the court. When Jennifer Scranton, Kenneth Tarczewski’s eldest child, spoke the defendant began to sob at the defense table.
“I don’t care if it was her first offense,” Scranton said. “She killed somebody. I am sure she is sorry, but it doesn’t fix what we don’t have any more.”
Hunt did not address the court and sat quietly next to her attorney. Jackson said there were a number of reasons why Hunt did not speak, including the possibility of civil litigation.
In almost a whisper, Prather looked at the Tarczewski family after their statements and said he would talk louder, but he might start crying.“I wish there was something God could do to make this right,” the judge said, wiping away his tears, “because there is nothing this court can do.”