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Driver who fatally struck child after running light not charged in his death

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The mother of an 11-year-old who was fatally struck by a driver who ran a red light says she’s in disbelief after the court refused to charged the woman in her child’s death.

Anthony Reznik was reportedly crossing a marked cross walk on Sunny Isles Boulevard when Samentha Toussaint who was driving a red Mercedes-Benz, ran a red light and struck the child.

Toussaint stayed at the scene with Reznik until help arrived.

Reznik later died of his injuries.

Assistant State Attorney Laura Adams told Local 10 News that Toussaint could not be charged with Reznik’s death because she did not appear to be drunk nor did she leave the scene:

“In order to prove the crime of Vehicular Homicide, the State would have to prove that Toussaint was driving recklessly…” or had a willful disregard for safety, Adams wrote.

Police say that while Toussaint was not charged with the boy’s death, they did give her a citation for running the red light.

Reznik’s mother is now working with officials to draft legislation that would hold drivers to high standards.

“My job as Anthony’s mom is to find justice and to save other people from things like that happened to us,” Inna Trakhtenberg said.