Lexington woman plans protest seeking justice for husband’s death
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington woman plans to protest for justice following the death of her husband after a motorcycle collision.
The person Lexington Police say was involved in the crash wasn’t charged, which the victim’s widow, Jessica Ocampo, says proves the legal system has to change.
“What mother wants to tell their children their papa is not coming home,” Ocampo asks.
In September, she had to deliver that heartbreaking news to her 3 and 10-year-old sons after her husband, Jesus, died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash.
She recalls the moment she got the news.
“All of my emotions went straight into my stomach,” Jessica says.
Jesus collided with a car driven by Antoine Webb on Georgetown Road on September 9, 2020, according to the Lexington Police Collision Report.
The police report says Webb was making a U-turn at the time of the collision and Ocampo collided into the side of Webb’s vehicle.
Jessica says her husband was wearing a helmet that came off from the force of the impact.
“When I saw my husband, it didn’t even look like my husband,” Ocampo says.
Webb wasn’t criminally charged in the accident, but he did receive a citation for driving on a suspended license, according to the police report. Jessica Ocampo says that’s not enough.
“He (Antoine Webb) shouldn’t have been behind the wheel and this wouldn’t have happened,” Ocampo says. “How are we going to stop these unlicensed drivers from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle?”
During a conversation Jessica shared with ABC 36 News, the prosecutor expressed his sympathy and explained that the circumstances of the accident did not reach the criminal standard required for conviction.
In other words, it was just a tragic accident.
Jessica says the laws need to change, so she plans to protest outside the Fayette County Courthouse Friday during Webb’s scheduled court appearance.
“We plan to go and change the law because the justice system, the criminal system, is failing me and my boys,” Ocampo says.
She says she can’t heal until then.
“I cannot grieve because I want justice.”