Jackie Bibby and his 16-year-old son haven’t stopped crying since Sunday night.
Bibby’s son was driving the Geo Prism in Sunday’s accident that resulted in the death of two people.
Tim Cunningham, 29, died Tuesday evening and Lora Wulfjen, 18, died Wednesday morning. Julie Ohnemus, 17, is listed in fair condition at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. All were on motorcycles and were not wearing helmets.
“He’s devastated, as am I,” Bibby said. “I’ve cried a lot - we both have.”
Bibby said he had given his son permission to go out with an 18-year-old friend, but sometime later, the boy evidently changed the plan. Bibby said his son borrowed a car to pick up his 15-year-old girlfriend and was driving without permission. Bibby said his son has a learner’s permit that requires an adult to ride with him supervising, but has no driver’s license.
Bibby said he saw blood drawn on his son at the hospital for a toxicology screen and even though he hasn’t seen the results he knows they were good.
“I can assure you it was clean,” Bibby said. “There were no drugs or alcohol in his system. He made some mistakes and did some things wrong, but he wasn’t drinking and drugging.”
Bibby said he himself is a recovering addict with 19 years of sobriety. He runs an outreach center in Dublin to help others who are recovering from addiction. “I’m recovering and so is my son,” Bibby said. “He’s on probation and has a pretty checkered past, as do I. We’re no angels, but we’re good people.”
Bibby said his heart goes out to the families who have suffered losses and he’s deeply sorry for all involved. He said the accident will have a negative impact on his life and his son’s life for years to come — but it won’t be anything like losing a loved one.
“If I was on the other side - I’d be mad as hell,” Bibby said. “Can I help what my son did? No. Can I change what happened? No.”
ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com or (254) 965-3124,ext. 238