Young crash victim's dad: 'We're having a hard time, a very hard time'
BUCKLEY, Wash. -- The parents of 2-year-old Lincoln Person, who was hit by a truck last week in Buckley, say they forgive the driver who killed their little boy.
In the wake of the tragedy, Robin and Jason Person are opening up for the first time about losing their son.
"I looked forward and there was a truck, and it was moving," Jason said of the moments before the crash.
Jason and Lincoln were out for their usual stroll to the post office with Lincoln being pulled in a wagon.
"The wagon handle was in my right hand and my fastest exit was to the right, and I pulled with all my might and it didn't work out so well," Jason said.
As little Lincoln was tended to, Jason remembers looking up and seeing who turned out to be 78-year old John Bernard standing by his crashed truck.
"I hear this clear voice say, 'He didn't do it on purpose.' He wasn't looking at me, but I looked at him and in my head I clearly said, I remember saying 'I forgive you,'" Jason said.
The Persons say they're not going to dwell on why it happened and just concentrate on the memory of their son. Yellow wrist bands bear his name.
"That's the most important thing to us is just remembering Lincoln and not focusing on the whys of it, because tragedy does happen," Robin said.
The Persons say they are bonded by a strong faith and a strong family, friends and community surrounding them.
"Lincoln was a gift to us and we were blessed to be his parents, are blessed to be his parents," Robins said.
"I think a fitting eulogy for him is he wakes up and he goes, I hear him go, 'Daddy,' and I'm like listening and he goes, 'Let's do this.' that was his good morning, hello," Jason said.
By most accounts there's nothing Jason could have done differently, but he says it's a taken a few days for him to finally forgiven himself for what happened. He's already purchased a new wagon to pull their infant daughter Ruby. But they'll go to the post office by a different route.