Mother charged after crashing into house

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

A Hampton woman, who served a probated sentence less than two years ago for driving without a valid license and insurance, faces new charges after driving her van into a house while taking her kids to the bus stop Tuesday morning.

Tanya Shamone Kennedy, 38, was in the Clayton County Jail Tuesday, awaiting her release on more than $4,000 bond, on charges she drove without insurance on a suspended license.

Clayton County police Sgt. Otis Willis said Kennedy crashed into a Hampton home Tuesday, at 6:55 a.m., when the brakes on her van reportedly failed. Neither she, nor her children, ages 6 and 9, were wearing seat belts at the time, he said. Emergency services examined the children at the scene, but they were not transported to a hospital, said Willis.

No one in the house was hurt either, he said.

After Kennedy was taken into custody, the children were released to their father.

Clayton Magistrate Court warrants show Kennedy was driving a 1984 Chevrolet van without insurance. Her California license is also suspended, records show. State Court records show Kennedy was charged in 2008 for similar charges, and was sentenced to probation. The probation case was closed July 13, 2009.

-- Kathy Jefcoats


tanyakennedy2010 3 years, 6 months ago

There is always a story behind the story that is told in the newspaper. I never thought when I woke up on that morning that I was gonna be in Jail that afternoon. My life has gone down hill since this accident happened and I have not been able to recover from it yet. things are getting better but they are no where near there yet. I have not yet gotten the chance to apologize to the family that I destroyed thier property yet, as it is not an easy task to look into the face of the owners and say I am sorry. I had to face the sadness of my son telling me that my mug shot was on the internet or my whole church and half of thier schools seeing me on the news. I am not a criminal type person, yet I guess no one really is, you just make mistakes and if you do not learn from them you continue to go down the wrong path. I felt the need to respond to this ad not to clear my name, obviously too late for that, but to say that I am a Christian woman who loves God and her family. I lived 38 years and had never been in Jail before. Our financial situation is now effecting my children and our home and I am facing going back to Jail because I have no money. It is hard to imagine all of this on a week day morning in april. God only knows the glory he will get from this situation. God Bless you, Tanya


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