One of the reasons why it is never polite to speak ill of the dead is that they cannot defend themselves against someone’s accusation.
It is the reason why there are about three or four members of my family that I don’t speak to anymore following the death of my mother when they made it a point to say something about my mother the day after her passing.
Joe Biden, on the surface, as liberal voters would tell you, is the type of person that would give someone that kind of respect. That would not throw a dead man under the bus.
The same can’t be said for the sad case of Curtis C. Dunn.
To be fair, Dunn was involved in what’s easily the most traumatic event of Biden’s life. In December of 1972, mere weeks after Biden was elected to the Senate for his first term in an upset victory, his first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident while Christmas shopping.
Dunn was the truck driver who hit them. According to the Newark (Delaware) Post, Neilia Biden drove the car into the path of Dunn’s tractor-trailer for reasons unknown, perhaps having to do with her head being turned.
Dunn apparently did everything possible to avoid a collision, according to reports, even overturning his truck in the process. He was also the first person to render assistance at the scene.
This is where reality and Joe Biden diverge, however, and in a profoundly reprehensible manner.
To hear Biden tell it — at least for a very long time — 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,” he said at a 2007 event in Iowa, according to Politico.
In 2001, meanwhile, Biden talked about 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.”
This was a common story Biden would peddle during the early part of the millennium. The problem is that, from all evidence, it was totally untrue. Dunn was not only cleared by law enforcement but some of his most vociferous defenders were those involved in the case.
“The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver [Dunn], is incorrect,” former Delaware Superior Court Judge Jerome O. Herlihy, who oversaw the investigation as a prosecutor, said in 2008 as the story was again recirculating.
Herlihy was terser when talking about the accident to Politico: “She had a stop sign. The truck driver did not.”