Hit and run arrest brings relief, closure to victim's children

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - "Every day we think about her. We miss her.  So it's tough," said Linda Dang.

Linda Dang and her siblings still can't believe that their mother, Thuan Nguyen, is gone.  They have already experienced so much loss and grief.  First, their oldest sister passed away in 2000 after a battle with cancer.  Four years later, their dad died, also of cancer.

"Mom was around to guide us through on what to do and stuff," said Dianna Nguyen.  "But when it became mom's turn, we were lost.  We didn't know what to expect or what to do, and it still is hard to this day."

Hard because so many questions still surround their mother's death at the hands of a hit and run driver.  Every lead came to a dead-end.  Then on Monday night, a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy showed up at Dianna's house.

"And when I saw him, my knees shook up, because not knowing what to expect.  But he like, no, he's got good news," said Dianna.

That news was the arrest of 49-year-old William Dale Bullock.  It was the news they have been waiting two-and-a-half years to hear.

"We thought we'd never find out who hit her, and finally, they gave us the news. It gave us a lot of closure," said Bobby Nguyen.

"I'm still numb and shocked, because it brought us back to that night of the accident and what happened and I cried, and I cried, and I cried," said Linda.

It has been an emotional turmoil for the Nguyen children.

"The pain he put us through the last two-and-a-half years and all the years forward for us," said Dianna.  "My youngest brother, he didn't have mom there for his graduation, when he graduated college, or to be there for their weddings or any of that.  All that will be missing in our lives, so that's still hard."

But they had faith that justice will come, because their mom taught them to believe.

"It wouldn't be mom to try and get revenge back.  It just gave us answers and that's all we needed," said Dianna. "We forgive him, but we can't forget what happened, because that did take a big part of our life out.  And nothing will bring her back."

"We're going to move forward knowing that mom is resting in peace," said Linda.

Bullock's arrest still left the Nguyens with some questions.

"I would ask him, why didn't he stop?  If it was an accident he would have stopped," said Bobby.

"How could you do this to us?" asked Linda.  "You took our mom away.  But at the same time, it's kind of like, I'm glad you are found. I'm glad you're in there and not anywhere else hurting other people."

The Nguyen children say this has been an especially difficult week for them because it's Grandparents Week.  Thuan Nguyen's two young grandsons have been asking why their grandmother isn't here to visit them in school.

They also have high praise for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, the media, and the outpouring of public support and prayers.

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