A Texas mother recently confronted a drunk driver jailed for the 2009 collision that left her son in a vegetative state.
Loubna Khader told WFAA-TV she wanted a chance to speak to Stewart Richardson after he appeared on the news saying he was sorry and that he prayed for her son, Abdallah, every night.
On Wednesday she visited him at the Fort Worth jail. Over the protective glass, Khader held up a picture of her son at age two, before the accident. Abdallah is now six.
“Can you hear me? Can you hear me? Look at this face! Look at him!” she cried.
“I’m very sorry. I hope God blesses you very much,” Richardson said.
“I don’t want to hear you, I just want you to hear me today,” she said.
“You think I’m supposed to go home now and my son’s going to be okay because you said you’re sorry?” she shouted. “It’s been five years today! Five years! My son is dying every single day. Every single day he is suffering. He can’t see, he can’t talk, he can’t breathe, he can’t eat. He can’t do anything!”
Richardson hung his head.
“You said you have a picture of my son in your cell?” she asked. “Don’t touch it! Don’t touch it, he’s an angel and you’re a devil and you’re not supposed to touch an angel.”
“I’m never going to forgive you,” she said before she left. “Never gonna forgive you for what you did to my son.”
WFAA received criticism on Facebook for showing the footage, but Khader said she wanted the public to experience the suffering caused by drunk driving.
Richardson pleaded guilty to felony DWI. He also had several DWI arrested in other states before the 2009 accident.
Prosecutors are asking for tougher penalties on several pending charges against Richardson. They believe he appeared on the news in order to portray himself as reformed and more sympathetic.