NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The parents of 23-year-old Kristi Lirette, who was killed in a Lamborghini crash earlier this month, want answers. On Tuesday, they sat down with FOX 8 for their first interview together, hours after the driver of the car bonded out of jail.
Losing a child is a pain no parent should ever have to feel, especially when there are so many questions left unanswered.
"One moment it seems real and one moment it doesn't," said Lirette's mom, Diana King.
Her father, Brett, adds, "I can't imagine her getting in that car if she felt he had been drinking and was incapable of driving."
Police say Jason Adams had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit hours after he crashed a Lamborghini on Tchoupitoulas Street on May 4. The 30-year-old was a regular customer at the Freret Street restaurant where Kristi Lirette worked and was described by her parents as an acquaintance. Yet, they say, he never reached out to anyone after the Kristi died.
King explains, "My son had to go and find his sister because she didn't show up at home and that was not fair."
As Adams appeared before a judge Tuesday after being arrested for vehicular homicide, Lirette's parents say their focus remains on their daughter. Kristi Lirette had an infectious personality, they say, and would light up a room.
"Diana and I and Phillip decided that we weren't going to allow the anger to consume us. That we weren't going to allow this person to steal the joy and love we had for Kristi," Brett Lirette said.
They hope for some resolution, but realize it won't come easily.
Brett Lirette explains, "Even today, when we heard they were going to arrest him, it's amazing how you would think that would give you some sort of peace, but it doesn't. It almost just drew up more sorrow."
They're pleading for answers, for Adams to explain his actions, but understand that may not come in a criminal trial. So they plan to pursue a civil lawsuit.
The family's attorney, Steven DeBosier, says, "In the civil case, I get to take his deposition and I get to ask those questions, and he has to answer my questions."
The Lirette family is also hoping for one other small thing.
"All we ever wanted was for him to just reach out and say, 'you know what? I am so sorry for what happened to Kristi. Can you ever forgive me?' Just something as simple as that, and we've got zero," Brett Lirette said.
Diana King says she asked Kristi's co-workers if they knew why she got into the Lamborghini with Adams the night of the crash, but none of them had any idea. Kristi's parents say they intend to be at every court appearance of Jason Adams, making sure their daughter is never forgotten.