Arlington DWI victim at six: 'He's a hero'

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 30 at 11:00 PM

ARLINGTON — A little boy's face — and his fate — have captured the hearts of WFAA viewers.

Abdallah Khader is turning six years old. The victim of a horrific crash involving a drunk driver, his life is on hold while his family fights for justice.

His parents struggle to understand why the man charged in this case hasn't been to trial three years after the wreck.

Balloons decorate Abdallah's home in Arlington, and there's no mistake — this is a birthday party.

There's cake and party favors and a bounce house for the young guests.

But the six-year-old birthday boy may not even be aware the party is going on.

Abdallah's mother, Loubna Elharazin, admits that this celebration is more for her. "Something between me and him that I know for sure this is something he wants... and that's the only thing I can do for him," she said.

Three years ago, Abdallah suffered massive brain trauma when the family car was crushed. Police said Stewart Lee Richardson was driving drunk, but has yet to stand trial.

"It's killing us from the inside, to be honest," said the boy's father, Fahad Khader. "It hurts us too much."

Richardson has six previous convictions in four states, but those cases have not been allowed as evidence in Texas courts.

So, Richardson waits in jail while Abdallah's family pushes for a life sentence.

"He's garbage," Fahad Khader said. "He's garbage."

Doctors say Abdallah is in a vegetative state, but his parents know better. They sense growth and recognition, and want him to be around other children.

His mom says she knows when Abdallah is in pain, but she knows how to comfort him. And she knows that he comforts her as the medical and legal battles drag on for another year.

"Our pain and suffering of just looking at him, is nothing compared to what he is going through," Loubna Elharazin said. "He's a hero. He's a superman. He's everything."

Last year, the state legislature passed the Abdallah's Laws, mandating tougher penalties for drunk drivers who cause serious injury.

Stewart Lee Richardson has yet to stand trial. Prosecutors are asking the state supreme court to allow his previous drunk driving convictions to be considered felonies instead of misdemeanors.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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