Woman gets 2 months in death of Md. girl killed by car

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland woman who was learning to drive when she fatally hit a 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to two months in jail.

Thirty-three-year-old Esperanza Vasquez was sentenced Thursday on a traffic charge during an emotional hearing in Montgomery County court. Prosecutors have said they wouldn't file criminal charges against Vasquez because her actions didn't rise to the level of criminal negligence.

Vasquez was learning how to drive in the parking lot of Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring on July 1 when her car jumped a curb and plunged down a grassy slope, killing 13-year-old Deborah Reyes Casasola. The teen had been watching a soccer game at the school.

Deborah's family says they're angry Vasquez didn't face harsher punishment and that "the law protected the criminal."

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