A goofball, the youngest of three — but the tallest in his family. A friend to everyone, excited about his future, someone who made his friends and family want to be better.
All ways D.J. and Wendy Corcoran remember their son.
Remembering Pierce Corcoran
The Corcoran’s say Pierce loved any and all sports, even playing soccer at Grace Christian Academy.
D.J. describes Pierce as “goofy” someone who wasn’t shy and wanted everyone to feel included.
“It’s been extremely painful and sad and difficult. We have had moments of togetherness with our family, and memories that have been shared of our son, Pierce,” said his mother, Wendy.
Less than two weeks ago, Pierce was killed in a head-on collision on Chapman Highway.
According to the investigation, a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling north on Chapman Highway when it crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic striking a Honda Civic that was traveling south on Chapman Highway which resulted in a chain reaction crash.
The driver and passenger of the Honda Civic were transported to UT Medical Center where the driver later died, identified later as Pierce.
Now, his parents say they’re speaking publicly to keep his name and memory alive.
“He was a giving type person, he was fun loving, he just had a way of making people want to be better,” said D.J.
D.J. says his son was recently more focused on his health and inspired his friends and family members to do the same by working out and eating healthy. He says the family’s home, where Pierce lived, is quiet now.
They say he was making plans for the future, according to his mother, Wendy, he saved enough to put a down payment on a house. Most of all, according to his mother, he was hopeful and excited for what could come next.
“He was growing up…” said Wendy.
Chapman Highway and Immigration
Turning to social media, the Corcoran family created the Justice For Pierce account to share Pierce’s story.
Among the account’s first tweets, a “Mother’s Message”, a letter written by Wendy, detailing the family’s frustration with immigration policies and memory of her son.
As we mourn our precious son and try to honor his memory, we are also faced with the fact that there is much discussion surrounding his tragic death.
-Wendy Corcoran, “A Mother’s Message”
The sentiment behind the letter, now a focus for D.J. and Wendy. The reason, they say, they wanted to speak publicly both locally and nationally.
The Corcoran’s appeared on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show Monday night. They spoke about immigration and the circumstances of the accused driver involved in the accident that killed Pierce.
According to investigators, Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, 44, is charged with criminally negligent homicide, as well as already having been charged for no driver’s license and no proof of insurance/financial responsibility.
Initially, he faced immigration violation charges following the incident. Monday he was taken into ICE custody. Francisco-Eduardo did not have legal documentation to be in the U.S.
Speaking with WATE 6 On Your Side the same night, the Corcoran’s said their message isn’t rooted in hate.
“We are a loving people, we don’t hate people. I don’t want to be classified as someone that just wants to keep people that aren’t like us out, that’s not the case. We rally behind people that are different. We want them to come here and do it the right way, legally,” said D.J.
Pierce’s parents say they don’t have an exact solution, but they believe their son’s story will help “make this place safer” and hope it reaches state and national lawmakers.
“I think for a lot of Americans the wall is symbol that something is being done,” said Wendy.
Both say they aren’t just looking for changes in immigration, but highway safety too. They hope to focus efforts on education and improvement on Chapman Highway.