This is the last photo taken of Dustin Inman, who died in a car crash at the age of 16, two days before Father’s Day.
This Friday marks the 16th anniversary of the day that changed Billy Inman’s life forever. On that day – just two days before Father’s Day - Inman, his son Dustin, his wife Kathy and their dog were sitting at a traffic light in Gilmer County when Gonzalez Gonzalo Harrell hit them going over 60 m.p.h. Inman’s son and dog died on the scene. He and his wife were hospitalized, and even though they survived Kathy has struggled with lifelong medical issues and is unable to work.
The man – a Mexican national living in the U.S. illegally - was also injured but fled the hospital during medical treatment. He was later indicted by a Gilmer County grand jury and charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving. On June 2, 2002, a federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant was obtained by FBI Atlanta’s Rome Resident Agency.
“I miss my boy so much,” said Inman, who has spent the last 16 years trying to vindicate his son’s death by raising awareness about what he says is a broken immigration system. “This guy got in a wreck six months before he hit us and was still out there driving around. If things were working he wouldn’t have been out there. We’ve got the laws; I want them enforced. I think if we would just stand behind what we have, a lot in this country would fix itself overtime.”
Inman has written the U.S. Department of Justice; he’s called the White House; he had Harrell featured on America’s Most Wanted and Georgia’s Most Wanted - but after so many years he said he gets frustrated when nothing seems to change.
“All this I’ve tried to do over the years, I don’t know if it’s done a hill of beans,” he said. “I guess people are talking about it more now but nothing’s different for us. I feel like I let my family down. I’ve let my son down, and my wife.”
Inman received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice regretting to inform him that because of laws in Mexico, where it’s thought Harrell is currently living, he can’t be extradited to the United States.
“They know where he is but won’t do anything,” he said. “I don’t know what I’ll do now, but I’ll keep trying. I was so proud to be his dad, and I wonder who he would have been today. I don’t ever want other people to have to go through what we have