FORT WORTH—It was a horrific crash that turned a toddler’s life into a living nightmare. Abdallah Khader was just two-years-old when the crash happened; for the next six years, his parents cared for him around the clock.
“You have no idea. The ventilators, the life support, it was just so hard to watch. But now, he’s at peace,” mother Loubna Elharazin said.
Now the man who was behind the wheel is speaking out a day after Abdallah Khader was buried.
“For 3 months, that’s all I’d see in my head every night,” Stewart Richardson said in an interview area at the Tarrant County Jail. "When he passed, when they gave me the newspaper clipping last night, a piece of me died inside. I’ve been in my room ever since.”
Fort Worth Police say Richardson’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when he was arrested for Intoxicated Assault.
“I’m very sorry for what happened,” Richardson said. When asked what he remembered about the night, he replied, “Nothing.”
Nothing is also what has happened to Richardson since his arrest. There has been no trial despite the fact that it has been six years since the crash. NewsFix called Richardson’s attorney and the Tarrant County DA’s office to find out why. No answer.
Abdallah’s mother has spent the past six years giving her son around the clock care.
The family is ready to move forward.
“He will not haunt me; I want to tell him I forgive him,” Elharazin added.
Tuesday was the first time Richardson heard that the family has forgiven him.
“It’s nice to know you’ve been forgiven for something that you didn’t mean to do,” Richardson said. “I know he’s with God up there. I pray for him everyday. I’ve still got his picture in my stuff. I always will. I’ll keep it forever. I’d love to be able to work with people from being where I’ve been and doing the things I did.”
“I also lost my son for the second time,” Elhazarin said. “He (Richardson) didn’t learn from the first time or the second time, or God knows how many. He just needs to be locked. I forgive him, but he did other things he needs to be punished for. My job now is to protect other families and other kids.”