Hit-and-run tragedy hits home for couple who lost their son

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:20 PM

KELLER — Deston Bibbs will always be 14 years old. He was hit by a car at Sycamore School Road and Crowley Road in Fort Worth last week; the driver fled the scene and remains at large.

Deston's death — his picture, seeing his mother and family and their broken hearts — jolted Kelvin and Dee Solco.

Their first thoughts? "Not again."

"I know that pain. It's indescribable," Dee Solco said. "You can't put it in words."

The Solcos lived the same heartache nearly 14 years ago.

"I went through the same type of emotions," Kelvin Solco said. "I relived the event of when we lost Keith."

On September 18, 1999, the couple came home with their three boys from the movies. As they were getting out of their car, a driver turned into Hawkwood Trail from Sycamore School Road in Fort Worth and lost control.

"I was at the mailbox," Kelvin recalled. "I looked at my mail and I looked and I saw Keith smile. I looked down at my mail again and I looked up, and he was gone."

Keith Solco was just 12 years old. He loved football, school and helping others. Every year, his parents say, he would donate some of his school supplies.

"I still remember that handsome little boy," Kelvin said. "I still see him that way. I still hear his voice."

For Dee, green peas always remind her of her son; it was one his favorite foods. She also remembers his love for animals.

"I often have said if I had just one minute... one more minute, just one more minute... I would hug him and tell him I love him," Dee said.

No day goes by without remembering, but the Solcos have learned to live without Keith... and without knowing who killed him.

Just as in Deston Bibbs' death, the driver never stopped.

The Solco family pleaded with the motorist to step forward in 1999, and they have always offered forgiveness.

"I pray for this person's soul, because I know they are tormented," Dee Solco said. "I actually pray for this person because I know you can't live a good life that way being tormented and looking over your shoulder."

Their faith and support from family and friends got them through the years. The Solcos say the tragedy strengthened them.

They are now reaching out to Deston's family, offering to help in any way, because they know the darkest days are ahead.

They are also praying that justice isn't delayed one more day in Deston's case so his mother can begin the healing process.

"It's become bearable for us, and she's just starting," Dee said. "I'd rather she get the call than me."

At this point, the Solcos would rather see Deston's case solved than Keith's.

"We would be thrilled if that would just happen; that’s the best thing that can happen to us," Kelvin said.

Kelvin and Dee Solco moved from Fort Worth a few years after the death of their son. They now live in Keller. They have two grown sons who are both going to college.

The couple has also ministered to other families who suffered similar tragedies.

"We gravitated to people that love us, people that prayed for us, people that worship with us," Kelvin said. "We have each other, and without each other, we wouldn’t have made it."

If you have any information on either of these unsolved hit-and-run deaths, call the Fort Worth Police Department or your local police agency.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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