Drunk Driver Kills Son; Grieving Mom Must Pay For Clean-Up

A coroner in Greenville, South Carolina, called Loretta Robinson in June, 2011, and told her that her oldest son, Justin Walker, had died when his car was struck by a drunken driver.

This must be every parent’s worst nightmare.

As Robinson told WYFF4. com,

“I never would have imagined getting that call,” she said. “Never in one million years expected that.”

You might imagine that nothing could make this worse, but you would be wrong: Robinson has since been slapped with several bills in connection with the accident, including one to clean the street of her son’s blood.

She was in court on June 19, and looked Anna Gonzalez, the accused driver, in the eye as Gonzalez pleaded guilty. Justin Walker, Robinson’s deceased son, was not found at fault for the accident.

From WYFF:

The grieving mother then showed the judge the many bills she’s had to pay, even though her son was not at fault.

Robinson said she paid to have the wrecked car stored for months, in case there was a trial.

“I had to pay to have the vehicle towed,” she said. “I had to pay for the vehicle removed and to clean up the street from Justin’s blood on the ground.”

Robinson said that was the bill that stung the most paying $50 to have the street cleaned.

“First of all, having to open the mail and look at the charge to the deceased, Justin Darryl Walker — the deceased! It’s just a hard thing to deal with in the context of your child,” she said.

That’s right: Robinson is being charged $50 for the removal of her son’s blood from the scene of the accident, even though her son was not at fault. How insensitive can the system get?

Robinson told the judge she has been unable to work due to the emotional impact of her son’s death, and can’t pay the bills she keeps receiving from the accident even though her son was not at fault. According to NBC Greenville, Robinson received some money from the South Carolina State Office of Victims Assistance, but it did not cover the costs of cleanup or storage.

She said she does not expect she will get a dime from Gonzalez, who has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

If you believe that the way Loretta Robinson is being treated is outrageous, please click here to tell the city of Greenville, South Carolina, to reimburse this still-grieving mother.

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Photo Credit: screenshot from WYFF4.com


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

This is why car insurance has to be an obligatory! It's NOT a civil right to have the choice of having one or not. It has to do with safety and justice. Just look at the consequences for Ms. Robinson.

Jelesia C.
Jelesia Clyburn5 years ago

Interesting how the wealthy want to put in effect all these rules to follow and are completely satisfied with having their taxes go to their own town/district, but want other financial burdens placed on others. Drunk drivers need to be held accountable. That is the family that needs to pay any and all costs for the immediate damage that has been done.

Susan O.
Susan O5 years ago

Who are the 1% who voted that this is a good thing? Please, introduce yourselves, and tell us what twisted logic caused you to vote that way ... you must be RePIGlikkens ...

Carrie H.
Carrie H5 years ago

The car had to be stored for a trial that should be at the states expense, The son may have had libiality insurence and that would not cover anything, if he was not at fault. As faras clean up goes that bill should go to the murder

Sheila M.
Sheila M5 years ago

WTF, that's all I can say, WTF????

Donna B.
Donna B5 years ago

I was just reading an in depth report about this story. Auto insurance is supposed to cover this. The drunk didn't have any. The son must not have either. The tow services who did the clean-up said that the mom wouldn't have normally seen a bill for this because it is always covered by insurance. He said he is offering her the $50.00 back. He stated that he also stored the son's car for 6 months and only charged storage for 10 days. So I just wanted to let everyone know what I found out.

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W5 years ago

I never thought I'd see an article like this, I really didn't.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

Is this one of those very backward states that require no automobile insurance? His car insurance, even if only minimum liabiltity, should be more than enough to cover all the expenses of the damage the driver caused.

How can this be happening at all? Even backward Louisiana finally implemented helmet laws for motorcyclists and car insurance for drivers because the state was always left paying the medical bills and nursing home care for the brain dead motorcyclists and all the property damage from drunk and reckless drivers.

Syd Henley
Syd H5 years ago

Surely it is for situations like this that Drivers (even drunk drivers) have insurance. If Anna Gonzalez did not have insurance when driving, then she should be made to pay, by having any property she owns (house, furniture, T.V., Stereo, etc.,) confiscated and sold. If she owns nothing, then she should be forced to work while in prison and have her food rations, medical costs, clothing laundry service, and heating in her cell, along with anything else she will receive in prison cut to a bare minimum to sustain life, and the money saved used to pay Loretta Robinson's bills.
Just out of interest, can anyone explain why it cost $50 to clean Justin Walkers blood off the road. With a serious accident such as this must have been, the fire department must have attended and it would have taken them no more that 30 seconds to wash the road clear of any blood, with a water jet. Some unscrupulous swine is obviously PROFITEERING out of Loretta Robinson's tragedy.

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thanks for posting