Last fall, 10-year-old Julian Moore was riding his bike near his New York home when a driver hit him.
The man, Doug Lamb, did not check on the child and left the scene of the crime, according to WHAM.
Lamb was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
He took a deal from the judge to write an apology letter to the child in exchange for throwing out the charge, Democrat & Chronicle reports.
However, Moore’s mother, Jennifer, said that the letter her son received was anything but apologetic.
In fact, it blamed the child for the accident. She said:
“I was just really disappointed. I felt bad for Julian, and I was mad. [I expected] a sincere apology. I don’t think he thinks he did anything wrong by hitting Julian. I think he believed Julian ran into him.”
The letter to the boy read:
“I’m very sorry that you rode into the side of the car I was driving on Friday, September 7th. More importantly, I am glad you didn’t need to be treated by the attending ambulance on the day of the incident. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. Sincerely, Doug Lamb.”
Julian, now 11, said he didn’t understand the letter at first but was angry once he realized it wasn’t a sincere apology.
The boy told Democrat & Chronicle:
“He accused me of riding into the side of his car, which didn’t really happen. He came up from behind me.”
His mother is worried that Lamb’s response will teach her son the wrong lesson about the criminal justice system.
She’s now fighting to get the court to reconsider throwing out Lamb’s charge.
Lamb was supposed to appear in court on Thursday but didn’t go. However, the mom said she’s not going to stop fighting.
“I think I need to see it through. I didn’t agree with the original judgement. I think that Mr. Lamb made a mistake with that letter. I think it was rude and disrespectful to Julian.”
The court hearing was rescheduled for February 14.