Father Works to Keep Promise to Dead Son

A Wichita Falls man makes a stop in Lubbock on his journey to keep a promise to his son.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK, TX-11 year old Jared Macias loved animals, especially his horse Amarillo, who he rode everyday.

“I saddled his horse up for him and he took off down the road,” his father Les Macias said. “That was the last time I saw him.”

 That was July 5th, 2013.

Jared and his friend Destiny were riding Amarillo down a county road in Wichita Falls, when they were hit by a pickup.

Les Macias was coming home from the store when he saw the sheriff.

“I walked down there and that is when I saw the little girl,” Macias said. “Then I saw Jared. He was lying in the bar ditch. Then I saw his horse, he was pretty much gone.”

Destiny broke her neck, but recovered.

Jared's arm was almost severed off and he suffered severe brain damage.

“He was a good kid, he was a good kid,” Macias said. “He died way too early.”

Jared only lived a few days longer, but it was long enough for his parents to donate his organs.

They went on to save the lives of four people.

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Now Macias is keeping the promise he made to his little boy.

He is riding his horse from Wichita Falls to the rodeo in Lovington, New Mexico.

“We were going down the road one day and he just asked me [if we could go] 'that would be neat to do,'” Les Macais said.

A few weeks before the accident, Jared saw the movie The Cowboys with John Wayne and wanted to take a ride of his own with his dad.

“I had no intention of doing it,” Macias said. “But Jared believed me [when I told him we would] and so I figured I might as well do what I said I was going to do.”

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It's been nine months since Jared passed away and while it never gets easier missing his son Macias said something that would help is justice.

“To miss a dog and hit two kids on a horse that are wide open where you can actually see,” Macais said. “There were no skid marks, he didn’t try to stop.”

The man who hit the kids, still walks free.

“I think it wasn’t an accident,” Macias said. “Maybe it was, but I don’t think so. But I just want to find out, I want to know.”

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