Published January 03, 2013
A Georgia school board member was arrested after video surveillance appears to show her driving a car into a teenage girl who was holding a parking space for a friend she said just gave birth, police said.
MyFoxAtlanta reported that Angela Cornett, a school board member for the Bartow County Schools, exchanged words with the 17-year-old high school student at a Walmart parking lot. It was unclear how the teen was stuck, but "you can see she was standing there when the vehicle lurched forward," the County Sheriff’s office said.
The teen, who was not identified in the report, had a black mark on her jeans that was allegedly from Cornett's tires. Bartow County is north of Atlanta.
John Mroczko, Cornett's attorney, released a statement to the station, saying his client "regrets the incident occurred," and offered her version of the events.
"A young lady was standing in the front of the buggy return when Mrs. Cornett turned her car and entered the parking space. Unfortunately, the young lady stepped forward into Mrs. Cornett's vehicle in what it was later learned to block the parking space. As soon as the young lady stepped toward Mrs. Cornett's vehicle, Mrs. Cornett immediately stopped her vehicle," the statement read.
Cornett did not comment for the station, but told The Daily Tribune News that the teen refused medical treatment and walked into the Walmart laughing.
Cornett was charged with reckless conduct and has since been released on bail. Additional charges may be pending.