A Fracking Truck Driver Who Ran Over a 14-Year-Old Boy in Fort Worth Has Been Cleared of Wrongdoing

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Deston Bibbs
Two days after 14-year-old Deston Bibbs was killed by a hit-and-run motorist as he crossed Sycamore School Road at 9:20 p.m. on the night of April 25, his mother went to the media with a heartfelt plea.

"Just turn yourself in already," DeShundria Parks told WFAA's Carla Wade. "There's no more damage you can do."

"Every bone in his face was broke," she added. "His ribs were broke. His legs were broke. My baby didn't deserve that. They should have stopped."

But they didn't, and it took police more than a month for police to analyze surveillance footage from surrounding businesses and a red light camera, none of which showed the actual collision, and identify the suspect vehicle not as a pickup or SUV, as they'd initially speculated, but as an 18-wheeler carrying fracking wastewater for a company called 3-Star Daylighting. They interviewed the driver in June. They wrapped up their investigation and released their conclusions to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram late last week.

"Based on the evidence obtained from this investigation, I do not believe, nor can I prove the driver knew they were involved in an accident and thus, did not intentionally or knowingly leave the scene of the accident that resulted in the death of Mr. Deston Bibbs," the detective investigating the hit-and-run wrote.

That's at least plausible. It was night when the accident occurred, dark enough to make a young teenager on his bike all but invisible. And the truck was big enough that it's not too hard to imagine the driver dismissing the crunch of boy and bike as a pothole or something equally innocuous.

But civil rights leaders in Fort Worth don't buy it.

"To say he didn't know he ran over Deston is unacceptable," Reverend Kyev Tatum, who leads the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, told the Star-Telegram. "He didn't just hit him and knock him out of the way, he ran over him."

Tatum goes on to link the investigation into the teenager's death to a recent internal investigation by Fort Worth PD into the conduct of some black officers. Both cases, he suggests, were racially motivated.

"We believe the Fort Worth Police Department is tainted -- so much that we don't believe they will give a fair and impartial investigation into this case," he told the paper.

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jamessavik
jamessavik

That's fracking sad but inevitable. Accidents happen and kids in the area need to pay attention and respect the massive amounts of traffic the DFW area is known for. 

Americano
Americano

The media will aks only two questions, none of which involve the kid's behavior.

Was the driver white?  If so, Guilty!

Was he involved in something that offends the left, like Fracking?  If so, Guilty!

bifftannen
bifftannen

The daytrippers out here will run you over in broad daylight. They can't see cars, light trucks, or semis their own size. Or stop lights or signs. Any kind of traffic control device, really.

It has everything to do with tracking. Tank truck companies hire the bottom of the barrel. It isn't because these drivers want to be home at night that they don't go OTR, its they can't get hired by anybody else than these criminal organizations. I have never seen a even decent tank or rock truck driver. And I live in a county where they litter the roads. Figuratively and literally.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Very sad, but I buy the driver's story.  I have come across "ninja bikers" who have zero lights & reflective gear at night and about messed myself because they shot out in the street.

If you are going to ride in the dark, get lights & reflectors on your bike, at minimum.  

FTR, my kids are not allowed out after the street lights come on.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

If I was out at 14years old at 9.20pm on a school night my parents would have broken every bone in body....and I would have fracking deserved it.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

"Some factual information for you. Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?"

"How much?" said Arthur.

"None at all," said Mr. Prosser.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Was going to hack on Eric for his blatant opportunism, but it speaks for itself.  It's truly terrible that this child's family is going through this.

JFPO
JFPO

Once again, UP brings you yesterday's news today. I remember when this wasn't always the case.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Come on people, Fracking! 

Fracking can do no wrong.

Poisoned water? Pfft.

Earthquakes? Pussies.

Dead kids on bikes? Hey, cheap gas!

Tom434
Tom434

Memo  Rev Tatum, refer the family to a civil lawyer who will file a lawsuit for the family and move on.  Even if this case was referred to the Grand Jury and indictment is unlikely

pak152
pak152

what does fracking have to do with this tragedy?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

In addition to  the "... in the motorist ... "  error, it was also on Sycamore School Road, not Sycamore Street Road.


According to the linked FWST article the accident occurred at, or near, the intersection of Sycamore School Road and Crowley Road, both busy roads.  The article goes on to state that the FWPD detectives believed that the young man may have ridden his bike directly in front of the truck just as the truck was turning right.  That is the young man may have thought that the truck would be going straight and not turning.

It was not mentioned in either this article or the FWST article whether or not the bicycle was equipped with lights or reflectors or if the young man was wearing any type of clothing that might be easily visible at night, much less any reflective clothing.

It is indeed very sad that this young man died such a tragic death and that no parent should have to witness the death of one of their children.

That being said, based upon the FWST article, it appears that the FWPD did a magnificent job of investigating this death.  Additionally, any attempts to play the race card or the "frac card" on this accident is absolutely unwarranted, pointless and worthless.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

It's sad. But, I've driven trucks of very large size before (not semis, but very large). It is very understandable that a kid on bicycle was not noticed when he ran him over.

Also, unless he was one of the rare cyclists who actually have lights on their bike and/or wears reflective clothing, I very much understand how the driver could have missed seeing him. There's been a few times at night where I have had to swerve suddenly or slam on my brakes because a cyclist (or pedestrian) was in the road way in a poorly lit area (with not much or no reflective gear). All users of the roadways have a responsibility at night to make sure they are visible.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Eric, what was the point of the title? The tragedy of the accident or the 'evils of fracking'?

ruddski
ruddski

What was the kid doing in a motorist anyway?

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

@bifftannen You're pretty much correct. My aunt owned and ran a trucking company (now retired). She's frightened of the rigs nowadays because the drivers are under-qualified and reckless.

joeinbost
joeinbost

Except at AT&T Stadium where fracking is not allowed   Bad Jerry  isn't he an Oil and Gas man ?

ruddski
ruddski

Come to think of it, almost every traffic fatality involves gas. That's gotta infuriate you.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@pak152 nothing. the DO needs to use liberal dog whistles in their headlines or the drones wont click.  Click drones, click!!!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@pak152 the fact it was a truck carrying fracking materials maybe?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ruddski I may rag on cyclists but they do have a right to the road as well as motorized vehicles

pak152
pak152

@ScottsMerkin @pak152 so if it had been carrying beer would it had been "beer truck driver" or if it had been carrying potato chips would it have been "potato chip truck driver"? probably not as it is just another attempt to demonize a technology

russp
russp

@ScottsMerkin @ruddski 

While I agree bicycles have a right to the road, they are also required to be running head and tail lights if riding after dark yet rarely do I ever see this.

ruddski
ruddski

I rag on writers who don't proofread and/or have trouble with English.

pak152
pak152

@ScottsMerkin@pak152nope just pointing out what ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul wrote earlier
" Additionally, any attempts to play the race card or the "frac card" on this accident is absolutely unwarranted, pointless and worthless."
the article would still deserve to be written but adding fracking serves no purpose at all except to rile up the anti-fracking crowd.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@pak152 eh, you are trying to hard.  But you get an A for effort. 

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