Bill Mackey and his wife Robin O’Hagan are a popular duo down in the Stockyards, and today there is a feeling of loss in that historic district as the couple’s many friends help Mackey mourn the tragic Memorial Day death of O’Hagan.
Police reports say a yellow Hummer driven by Larry Joe Love Jr. broadsided the small car driven by the 50-year-old O’Hagan yesterday morning at the intersection of Lake Country Drive and Boat Club Road. Witnesses say the Hummer ran through a red light.
Mackey and O’Hagan were doing their morning ritual – rising early and taking separate cars to a Starbucks in northwest Fort Worth. Afterward, they would drive to their respective jobs at the Stockyards. O’Hagan worked at The General Store and at The Maverick, and Mackey is A.C. “Ace” Cook’s right-hand man at The Bull Ring.
“This morning was tough, it was my first morning without her,” Mackey said.
Yesterday morning, Mackey was leading the way to Starbucks and noticed in his rearview mirror that his wife got caught at a red light. He continued on and figured she would show up a minute or two behind him. He went inside and ordered for them both – a latte for him, a black tea for her.
But minutes passed and she never arrived.
“I tried to call her but that didn’t work,” he said.
He got back in his car to backtrack and “when I got to the intersection I saw there was a wreck,” he said. “The police wouldn’t let me go over and see her. They said they didn’t want me to see her that way — and I’m glad they didn’t.”
Despite his deep sorrow today, he expressed gratitude that their last conversation before leaving for Starbucks was a precious one.
“The lucky thing was, when we walked out of that house together yesterday morning we said, ‘I love you’ and we gave each other a kiss and she said, ‘I’ll see you at Starbucks,’” he recalled. “By the grace of god she died instantly. She didn’t suffer.”
O’Hagan loved the outdoors. Yesterday’s sunny and mild weather couldn’t have been lovelier, Mackey said.
“She always wanted to be outside, working in the garden and being with our dogs,” Mackey said. “If there was a day you had to go, yesterday was a beautiful day.”
This morning, Mackey returned to the intersection and just hung out for awhile, “just in case [her spirit] was still around there and needed some comforting,” he said.
Then he drove to Starbucks and ordered himself a ice latte, and ordered a black tea for the woman he loved but will never hold again.
Later this week he’ll return to work.
“She wouldn’t have wanted me to sit around and die,” he said. “She would want me to go on and take care of the dogs and the house and to make it. If I would have died, she would have got up the next morning and would have been strong, and I have to be that way for her. She got up and went to work every day. That’s what I’m going to do.”
“She was an amazing woman,” he continued. “Every day was a bright day for her. I can’t tell you what she did for me as a person. She is the person I should have been with the rest of my life. We had talked about who was going to push who in wheelchairs. She used to ask me, ‘Are we going to grow old together?’ I always said yes, but it was not meant to be.”
Love, the 36-year-old driver of the Hummer, has a felony rap sheet, including two previous convictions for driving under the influence.
A Fort Worth police detective said the crash is still under investigation and there appears to be no indication that Love, who was uninjured, was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
No charges have been filed as of today.