GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – A middle school teacher surrendered to Grand Prairie police at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in last week's hit and run death of 6-year-old John Raidy, who was struck by a car as he crossed the street.
Grand Prairie Police Department spokesman Sgt. Eric Hansen said Tammy Lowe, 53, turned herself in alongside her husband. She was booked into jail at 12:55 p.m., county records show. During a press conference, Hansen said Lowe left a hand-written resignation letter at Adams Middle School before surrendering.
She taught Texas history and began working at the school in 1996. She is jailed on $100,000 bond on a charge of failure to stop and render aid for injury to a child. She appeared distraught and pale, Hansen said.
The case sparked community outrage when a car ran a red light and hit the child as he crossed North Carrier Parkway at Holiday Hills. The boy's mother was just a few feet away, pushing her daughter in a stroller.
An intense search for the car and driver has been underway ever since, propelled by a grainy surveillance image of a black, four-door Toyota Yaris fleeing the scene. In the days leading up to her surrender, Lowe's colleagues grew worried about her behavior and asked for police to conduct a welfare check.
John Raidy's grandmother, Anita Eads, said the family will be able to bury him with "a little lighter heart" knowing that a suspect is in custody. She thanked the media for its coverage, which extended far beyond the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.
Eads said John's mother is out shopping for an appropriate dress for her child's funeral and wants to focus on what she's lost.