Woman Gets Jail For Running Over Son In School Parking Lot

April 19, 2019 - 8:08 am
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GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) - A woman who pleaded guilty to reckless driving for running over her 9-year-old son while dropping him off at school in western Michigan has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

Tiffany Kosakowski, 36, told Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids she must "live with this for the rest of my life."

Judge Curt Benson sentenced her Thursday to six months in jail, with all but 30 days suspended. He called her actions "simply inexcusable."

Prosecutors charged Kosakowski after reviewing police reports about the incident, which left her son hospitalized in critical condition.

The accident happened  Dec. 11 in the Chandler Woods Charter Academy's parking lot in the Belmont area. Video from the school's surveillance system shows the third-grader hanging from the passenger side front-door handle as Kosakowski drove away for nearly 50 yards before he lost his grip, according to police. He was run over by the passenger side rear tire of the vehicle.

The child was hospitalized with skull fractures, a traumatic injury to his brain and broken bones.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.