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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Former Shelby County Election Commission chairman Bill Giannini has to pay a $50 fine and court costs in the wake of a December 2012 traffic accident killed an eight-year-old-boy.

Through his attorney Giannini entered a plea of no contest in traffic court Tuesday involving the ticket and fatal car crash.

Giannini, who is now an assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Insurance and Commerce, did not attend any of the court hearings, including Tuesday's hearing, as the case was resolved.

The family of eight-year-old Quindarious McGhay, who died in the traffic accident, and two of his relatives, who were injured after returning from a Christmas shopping trip in Nashville, were upset that they were subpoenaed to testify. Giannini was not present.

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"I just feel like it's not right," said Delores Boyd, victim's aunt. "I mean he didn't lose no one. He took our loved one so it probably don't bother him. We have to grieve with that every day, knowing that he is gone."

They have remained silent in their anguish and would have not come to court had the Shelby County District Attorney's Office not subpoenaed them to appear.

"We have to grieve with that everyday, knowing that he is gone."

Boyd, the aunt of Quandrarius, hoped Giannini would apologize. It didn't happen.

"He took our loved one, so it probably doesn't bother him," she said.

A Tennessee State Police report said Giannini rear-ended the car that was being driven by Boyd at the time of the accident on I-40. The impact killed her nephew a few days before Christmas in 2012. Giannini only received a ticket after tests showed no signs of alcohol or drugs in his system.

"He (was) riding in the car, happy for Christmas and somebody speed behind us and take his life," Boyd said. "It's not just fair."

Giannini's lawyer entered a no contest plea to the misdemeanor charge of failure to obey.

"He (was) riding in the car, happy for Christmas and somebody speed behind us and take his life," Boyd said. "It's not just fair."

"I am not going to plead guilty but I am not going to dispute the charges to the extent," said FOX13 News legal analyst Caren Nichol. "I will just pay the fine."

"The defendant who caused damage, death, and injury did not have the courage to come," said Robert Spence, defense attorney. "The courage to come and apologize to the families, the victims."

"I am okay now cause I know God don't do anything wrong," Boyd said. "But overall I know justice has not been served."

Giannini did not have to testify or appear in court.

"The defendant who caused damage, death and injury, didn't have the courage to come," said Robert Spence, attorney. "Didn't have the courage to come and apologize to the victims and their families."

Tuesday's hearing ends the criminal chapter in Giannini's case, but he is being sued in civil court. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Oct. 1 against Giannini in Shelby County Circuit Court.

Unlike Tuesday's proceedings, it is expected he will have to show up to answer questions.

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