EXCLUSIVE: "I Have No Ill Will," Father of Crash Victim Speaks Out

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A Grand Junction man accused of crashing his car into a lightpole, killing his friend, admits he's at fault for the deadly crash.

21–year–old Jesse Reed pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide charges on Monday.

A judge signed off on a plea deal for the 21–year–old. Prosecutors are asking for probation, the lightest sentence possible under the deal.

The District Attorney's Office says its going along with the wishes of the victim's family but the judge could still sentence Reed to 90 days in jail.

Reed is set to face a judge again in September for sentencing. Until then, he remains out on bond.

For the first time since the crash, we are hearing from John Fullmer's dad.

John Fullmer III says he's not angry at Jesse Reed for killing his son because anger won't bring John back but he says what he can do is send a message.

"He was only 23, so to see what his future would have been ahead of him and what his life could have been--we won't get to see what any of that turned out," John Fullmer IV's dad told 11 News in an Exclusive interview on Monday.

Fullmer III says he misses his son everyday.

"It's tough times but we lean on our faith and that's the only way we get through it."

23–year–old John Fullmer IV was a little league football coach and his dad says that was one of his favorite things to do, and he was always smiling.

"He enjoyed the things he was doing in life."

But that life was cut short on February 15th when a night of drinking with his friends took a deadly turn.

Fullmer was killed in this crash. His friend, Jesse Reed, was the driver and admitted to police he had been drinking.

John Fullmer III says he's not angry at Reed because both men got drunk and got in the car.

"He was as drunk as Jesse. My son could have been driving," he told 11 News.

"I have no ill will, ill feeling toward Jesse. It would be easy to look for blame but I don't have any towards him."

He says the most tragic part is that the deadly crash could have been prevented.

"I wish they could understand and see that this is a life threatening deal. If they don't respect it and be very careful with what they do."


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