"I'm committed to doing whatever it takes to getting justice for Jordan," she said. "I hope this horrific tragedy will help bring focus on the ineffective laws for habitual offenders. This all could have been avoided if the driver had been behind bars where he belonged. It cost an innocent man his life."
Delray Beach Police arrested Dennis Wright of Boca Raton, 28, alleging that he plowed his mother's 2103 Range Rover Sport into Parsons as Parson was walking across Federal Highway at Lindell Boulevard shortly after midnight on May 1. A witness estimated Wright was travelling at speeds of 100 to 120 mph.
The collision severed Parsons' right leg. Parsons was removed from life support three days later.
Authorities say Wright was driving with a suspended license, has a history of DUI arrests and has had his license suspended six times.
Wright was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, DUI manslaughter, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and driving with a suspended license. He entered not guilty pleas to all charges on Monday, according to court records.
At Thursday night's event, Morsaw thanked the police officers who investigated her son's case and those who responded to the crash, including Officer Derek Chahine, who was among the first to render aid to Parsons.
"The few moments I shared with him, that's going to leave an imprint on me the rest of my life," Chahine told Morsaw. "I'll never forget him."