Little John Paul Raidy was crossing the street last Thursday, January 24th, with his mother and baby sister. Tammy Lowe ran a red light according to police surveillance footage (which indicates that the light had been red for a full fourteen seconds), and struck John Raidy, who was then carried 100 yards on the hood of her car before falling off and hitting the pavement. He died that same day at Arlington Memorial Hospital after being rushed there by ambulance. Lowe's 2008 black Toyota Yaris has been towed to the police station to be searched for evidence after authorities established a warrant.
Colleagues in the Grand Prairie school district, where Lowe has been employed since 1996, reported that she was absent from work on Friday, and exhibited strange behavior on Monday. Neighbors reported multiple cars and activity at her home on Saturday, and neighbor Ashley Mitchell said that there were so many cars that she could barely get out of her own driveway. What those people knew and when they knew it remains to be seen, but it certainly seems like a bizarre time to throw a party.
The heartbroken Raidy family is, as to be expected, primarily stunned by the fact that it was a teacher who killed this child and just drove away from the scene. John Raidy's great-uncle, Mark Raidy, told media: "[...] when we found out she was a teacher, it was disbelief. I guess you could say she actually was heartless. Somebody who teaches and works with kids, and to do this and not come forward sooner? It's unspeakable." The family plans to hold a funeral service Wednesday afternoon.
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