Mom to hit-and-run driver: 'You snatched my baby from me'



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Posted on April 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 28 at 1:51 PM

FORT WORTH — The day after the Fort Worth Police Department reached out to the public for help finding a driver who killed a 14-year-old boy, his mother delivered a plea for justice.

"Just turn yourself in already," DeShundria Parks said, fighting back tears at her Fort Worth apartment on Saturday evening. "There's no more damage you can do."

Her son, Deston Bibbs, was riding his bicycle along eastbound Sycamore School Road when a vehicle turning southbound onto Crowley Road struck the teen at about 9:20 p.m. Thursday.

The driver never stopped.

"The damage has already been done when you made the choice to keep going," Parks said. "You convicted yourself. You snatched my baby from me."

Parks' tear-stained face crumpled from more than just grief. There are also pangs of unnecessary guilt.

Like so many mothers are prone to do, she had asked her son to run an errand for her.

"We lived here seven years," Parks said. "It was nothing new for him riding his bike to the store. He had done it so many times... so many times!"

Police said there were no witnesses, but said they were able to determine the vehicle was a truck or an SUV based on tire marks left on the boy's clothing. They said the vehicle was likely damaged in the collision.

Investigators are also reviewing red light cameras and surveillance cameras from the intersection, but so far have few leads.

Deston was crossing a field into the street and traveling through an intersection when he was hit.

He lived through the night and then died Friday at the hospital. He had suffered massive head trauma.

"Every bone in his face was broke," his mother said. "His ribs were broke. His legs were broke. My baby didn't deserve that. They should have stopped."

Deston has a 16-year-old sister named Destiny. She said her brother was always smiling while cracking jokes with her and his friends.

"Me and him were just like two comedians on one stand-up comedy show," Destiny said. "That’s all we did was make people laugh."

She said panic and fear are no excuse for leaving her brother for dead on a city street.

Her mother agrees.

"There’s no excuse to me," Parks said. "Panic. Shock. There’s never going to be an excuse good enough."

Anyone with any information pertaining to the fatal accident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477, or go to Tipsters can remain anonymous and there is a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest.