Joe Biden Once Spent Years Blaming an Innocent Man for His Wife's Death
Biden's version of what happened to what actually happened begins to blur
Former Vice President Joe Biden's version of events usually differs somewhat to what actually happened, with various fabricated war stories and heroic tales under his belt, it's no wonder Democrats scramble to his defense.
But one such tale is a rather sad case of Curtis C. Dunn.
Dunn was involved in what was arguably the most traumatic event of Biden’s life.
In December of 1972, just weeks after Biden was elected to the Senate for his first term, his first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident while Christmas shopping.
Dunn was the man driving the truck that hit them.
Neilia Biden drove the car into the path of Dunn’s tractor-trailer, for reasons unknown, according to the Newark (Delaware) Post.
Dunn reported did everything possible to avoid the crash, overturning his truck in the process.
He was also the first person on the scene to come assistance.
But this is where Joe Biden's version of what happened to what actually happened begins to blur.
As Biden told it, for many years, Dunn’s drinking had played a part in the accident.
“A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly and killed my daughter instantly and hospitalized my two sons,” Biden said at a 2007 event in Iowa, Politico reported.
In 2001, Biden described how Dunn was “an errant driver who stopped to drink instead of drive and hit a tractor-trailer, hit my children and my wife, and killed them.”
Biden would peddle the story frequently during the early part of the millennium.
But there was a problem.
It was completely untrue.
Dunn was not only cleared by law enforcement, but some of his vocal defenders were those involved in the case.
The former Delaware Superior Court Judge Jerome O. Herlihy, who oversaw the investigation as a prosecutor, said in 2008:
“The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver [Dunn], is incorrect."
Herlihy was more specific when talking about the accident to Politico:
“She had a stop sign. The truck driver did not.”
“In the end,” he said, “I concurred in their decision that there was no fault on his part.”
Bare mind, this happened after Dunn’s death in 1999.
One of Dunn's seven children, Pamela Hamill, went public after Biden's version of the story began being repeated at the time of Biden’s nomination as Barack Obama’s vice-presidential candidate.
“I just burst into tears,” Hamill said of hearing the clip of how her father “drank his lunch” before the accident.
“The story already is tragic enough, why did he have to sensationalize it by saying my father was drunk? My family is outraged.”
If that wasn't bad enough, she also sent Biden a message of support in the aftermath of 9/11 lauding his remarks.
Biden responded with a noted that read:
“All that I can say is I am sorry for all of us and please know that neither I or my sons feel any animosity whatsoever.”
A 2010 profile of Biden in The Atlantic described Biden aa having "the limber storyteller’s tendency to stretch.”
Maybe that's ok when your exaggerating war stories, but when you are accusing someone of drunk driving in an accident where your wife and daughter were killed, it is on the border of libel.
Biden blamed an innocent man for years, ignoring the evidence showing Dunn hadn’t done anything wrong.
“Suppose he becomes the next vice president,” Hamill said in 2008.
“Movies could be made about him and books could be written about him, all falsely portraying my father as a drunk driver."
"We need to set the record straight and clear my father’s name right now before this goes any further.”