Don’t Bill Mother For Son’s Fatal Accident

Target: Mayor Knox White

Goal: Refund the money a mother was charged to clean her son’s blood off the road.

Loretta Robinson of Greenville, South Carolina received the worst news a mother can hear when she was informed that her son, Justin Walker, had been killed in a car accident. So it was another shock when she received more unwelcome news in the form of a letter–she was to be billed $50 for the removal of her son’s blood on the street. In addition to paying this bill, Robinson had already paid hundreds of dollars to keep her son’s wrecked vechicle in storage in the event it would need to be investigated. Furthermore, she was required to pay for the vehicle to be towed. The accident, caused by drunken driver Anna Gonzalez, was not Walker’s fault.

A meager fund from the State Office of Victims Assistance provided Robinson with enough finances to help cover her son’s funeral and medical expenses and counseling services. However, the fact that a grieving mother had to pay for the cleanup of her own son’s blood is heartless and insensitive. It is more outrageous considering that the accident was not her son’s fault, but rather caused by a drunk driver who happened to be an illegal immigrant without a driver’s license. Sign the petition now to ask that Loretta Robinson receive a refund for the bill, and ask that it be sent with a full apology.


Dear Mayor Knox White,

I write in regard to a bill that was sent to Loretta Robinson, a mother who lost her son Justin Walker to a drunken driver. Walker was killed by illegal immigrant Anna Gonzalez, and yet it was the victim’s mother who was charged with the removal of her own son’s blood off the road where he lost his life.

For starters, I believe it was was incredibly thoughtless to send her such a bill; the removal of her son’s blood from the road is sure to be a sensitive subject. Secondly, it is not fair nor appropriate to ask the mother of the victim to pay for the cleanup when the accident had not been the victim’s fault in the first place. Whether the City of Greenville steps in to help with the bill or the bill is sent to Anna Gonzalez is a decision I leave to you, but I must stress my outrage over the fact that Loretta Robinson had to pay it in the first place.

I would like you to do everything in your power to see that this grieving mother receives a refund for the fees she had to pay. I would also like to see a sincere apology sent to her for her trouble. In doing so, you will find that grieving mothers appreciate any help that is given and any act of thoughtfulness shown to them during difficult times.


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  1. Unbelievable!!

  2. dorleen bowers says:

    a child was killed and all you worried about is who gonna clean up the blood? let the driver who killed the kid clean it up..the blood should be on that’s person’s hand!!unfrigging believable

  3. This story is appalling and heartless. I agree that the person who commented the crime should have to clean up her mess so that she will remember it for the rest of her life as a lesson. I hope that this illegal person is facing severe charges for the death of this woman’s son and deported.

  4. Melissa Holt says:

    My little brother died on his 10th bday in 1983 b/c my uncle was drinking & driving. It was such a horrible time & I can’t even imagine what my Mom would have went thru’ if she was made to pay for a funeral & whatever the cost is to clean up his blood from the area where he died. I ultimately believe it’s the person at fault who should have to foot the bill…for everything. I feel badly for this woman & her family & will keep them in my prayers.
    In Memory of my Bubba…Tommy Christopher Holt 6-2-1973 to 6-2-1983

  5. Inhuman, racist, disgusting! You know what it reminded me of, Holy Mary, kissing and cleaning Her son’s blood from the streets of the Via Sacra, only not even romans were as cruel, they did not forced Her to clean!!!

  6. Nancy Hoffman says:

    This devastated mother should not be billed for a cleanup that was in no way her fault. The only way she contributed was giving birth to her baby son.?

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