A tragedy for a family reaches a point of closure. As 19 year old Bryce Crosby prepares to spend a majority of his young life in prison, the family of his victim, Shanesa Cox, forgives him.
In the courtroom, the state attorney walked Judge Bateman through Crosby's deadly path, explaining how he ran over the seven year old and two other children who had only minor injuries. As he spoke, Shanesa's family relived the tragedy once more. "There was this sign, watch for children playing prior to the curb." said the state attorney Rick Combs.
Crosby's psychiatrist referred to Crosby's state of mind as "dream-like" when he carelessly hit Shanesa on December first at 11:00 a.m.--dragging her body 40 feet. Crosby will spend 12 years in prison and another ten years on probation. The judge says his terms of probation include visiting Shanesa's grave site with a gift of remembrance several times each year.
Benjamin Crump an attorney for Shanesa's family said, "I thought that was a profound statement because the family visits that grave site everyday."
And as the family still grieves each day, anger over Shanesa's death is not directed towards Crosby. Her mother, Regina Jackson said to Crosby in the courtroom,"I don't hate you. I ain't going to say I dislike you. I forgive you."
Joe Cox, Shanesa's Father said, "When I came home and saw the tracks, you know what I'm saying, when I saw what he had done and didn't stop--I had some pretty bad feelings for him, but I forgave him"
When Crosby hit Shanesa, authorities say he was three times over the legal limit for alcohol. During the hearing he admitted to drinking in excess eight times in his life and he started his habit at age sixteen. Crosby's family was present at the hearing and did not wish to comment.