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Son who hit mom with U-Haul truck gets prison

A Euless man who fatally injured his mother by running over her with a U-Haul truck has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Lawrence Michael Gibbs Jr., 36, pleaded guilty last week to failure to stop and render aid, court records show.

"It was a difficult decision for him," said Gibbs' attorney, Steven Bush. "The fact is he did fail to leave his name with the medical staff."

Gibbs had faced up to five years in prison.

In a jailhouse interview last month, Gibbs told the Star-Telegram that on April 5, his mother, 67-year-old Vicki Gibbs, had come to pick him up from Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine after he hurt his shoulder packing the moving truck.

Gibbs said he thought he had put the truck in park and was going to help his mother climb in, but it was in reverse and rolled over her. When he tried to stop the truck, it rolled over her again.

Bush said Gibbs was shocked and wanted to get his 9-year-old son, who was in the cab, away from the traumatic scene.

"He felt comfortable that people were coming to her aid and that she would be attended to, or he would not have left," Bush said. Gibbs later called the hospital and was told that his mother was sedated and was being transferred to another hospital.

She died the next morning from severe leg injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

Gibbs has previous misdemeanor convictions for failure to identify to a police officer, escape and theft of $50 to $500, according to Tarrant County court records.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.