After her son was struck and killed by a car in 2011, a local mother fights to keep his memory alive

TULSA, Okla. — Ashley Harris remembers her son Adrian Hardridge.

“Ten years feels like death when you are walking around with an empty heart,” Harris says.

The pictures she has of him will never come back to life.

“I have to get to the kingdom where he is at, as well. I have to walk a certain line,” she says.

It’s been more than a decade since he died, and she thinks about him every day. She told FOX23 she asks herself questions like: What would he look like? Where would he go to college?

“That is my son. He does not have a voice anymore like everyone else,” she says.

FOX23 spoke with her about Abraham McDavid. The man who pleaded guilty to killing her son. Adrian was just riding a skateboard, being a kid, when McDavid ran him over.

“I can’t get my son back. I am not going to get him back until I make it to those pearly gates with him until then, I have to keep going and being a good mother for my daughter,” she says.

McDavid was driving with a suspended license and plead guilty to manslaughter. He was given a ten-year suspended sentence, which in simple terms is a lot like probation so he has not spent a single day behind bars.

Officials say he was recently found with a gun. He will spend the rest of his sentence, which is about two years, in jail for violating his supervised release.

“This man was blessed with ten years of a suspended sentence which means he did not touch a prison cell at all so God gave him that blessing so he could change his life to turn it around, to do other things,” she said.

Harris wonders if there is truly justice.

“Now that I know that nothing has changed about you in ten years you are still the same guy?’ she asks.

She says her son’s body was so brutalized he was only able to donate his corneas. She says a family member of the person who received the corneas gave her a drawing of her son.


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