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In Philadelphia a judge has been extremely lenient with Stephanie Hernandez, 32, who in July was charged with vehicle homicide and involuntary manslaughter.

She was in the passenger seat of an SUV and had permitted her 15 year-old daughter to drive the car in a shopping centre’s parking area late at night.

Hernandez instructed her daughter to keep her foot on the brake but instead she hit the accelerator, the SUV lunged forward and drove into David Abshire and Thomas Papineau, both 55, and killing both of them.

“This was just an accident. She didn’t mean any harm,” Hernandez told police. The judge dropped the charges but she will face the (much lesser) charge of permitting an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle.

Picture source: Acabashi