Family and friends of the late Victor Hallcy Sr. released balloons and doves Sunday in Denver in a bittersweet tribute to Father’s Day. Hallcy died on Easter Sunday in a two-vehicle crash when the vehicle he was in was struck by a driver who allegedly ran a red light.
“He was a wonderful man, a lovely man,” said Ebony Walker, from Oklahoma, who came to Denver to honor her father.
Hallcy, 60, was in a Lincoln SUV with his son, Victor Hallcy Jr., when another driver allegedly ran a red light and hit the SUV. Victor Hallcy Jr. survived the crash. His father died at the scene.
“While my brother was able to crawl out of the vehicle, our father was not so lucky,” Walker said.
Victor Hallcy Sr. was already a survivor
In recent years, Hallcy Sr. has suffered from health problems, including a long hospital stay – 93 days – during which he fell into a coma for 29 days. He was, however, recovering, working with a support network of family, friends and professionals, walking and enjoying being a grandfather. He had gone back to work.
When he was released from the hospital in December 2019, Hallcy’s friends at a local barbershop presented him with a championship belt because he had overcome his illness, Walker said.
Hallcy Sr. was born November 27, 1961 in Texas and moved to Denver as a child. He graduated from East High School and went to college, earning an associate’s degree in accounting.
“He loved to eat and he loved to laugh,” Walker recalled. “He was a very positive person.”
Over the years, he worked hard as a commercial window cleaner and his son, Victor Jr., joined him in the business.
“As a family, we want justice”
On Saturday, Walker and others surveyed the neighborhood around the intersection handing out fliers about the incident, asking if anyone had seen the crash who had not yet spoken to police investigators.
“I need and plead for community help from anyone who may have seen the crash or seen anything significant,” Walker said.
“We’ve had feedback,” Walker said of the leaflet distribution.
On Sunday, Father’s Day, family and friends released doves around noon at a family member’s home. At 3 p.m., they gathered at the crash intersection and released balloons into the sky.
“We put a bunch of them together, it was pretty cool,” Walker said. “It was moving.”
Adhanom Asgodom Ali, 60, is described by police investigators as the “at fault driver” in the fatal accident. Ali is being investigated for reckless driving resulting in death. He has a next court hearing scheduled for July 8.
“Witnesses told investigators the suspect driver ran a red light,” said Detective Brian Bienemann, who investigated the incident. “It’s definitely sad for sure.”
As of Tuesday, 39 people have died in traffic crashes in Denver this year, police said. Last year, 33 people died in accidents during the same period.
“It was devastating, very devastating,” Walker said of her father’s death. “As a family, we want justice.”