Alcohol suspected in wreck that killed Good Samaritans

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by TODD UNGER, MARCUS MOORE and RYAN WOOD

WFAA

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 11:39 PM

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TARRANT COUNTY — A father of three whose life mission was to minister to children is one of four people killed in a crash in far south central Tarrant County early Sunday morning.

Brian Jennings, 41, was one of three Good Samaritans — including Hollie and Shelby Boyles — who were trying to help an SUV that suffered a flat tire.  That car was driven by Breanna Mitchell.

Moments after everyone was gathered to help — another truck came barreling down the two-lane road, striking at least one of the parked cars.

The Boyles, Jennings, and Mitchell were all killed. Seven other teens riding in the pick-up went to the hospital.

The driver of the pick-up was identified as Ethan Couch, 17, by Tarrant  County Sheriff's deputies on Monday.

Charges have yet to be filed in the accident but alcohol is suspected as a factor. 

Emergency workers from Fort Worth, Everman and Crowley fire departments worked together along with CareFlite.

Jennings was a youth pastor at Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson, and his congregation was devastated to learn the fate of the father of three on Father's Day.

"This really shouldn't have happened.  It'll always be that thing they remember on Father's Day," said Scott Sharman, a fellow pastor and close family friend of the Jennings family.  "It is really tough." 

Jennings was married and had worked at the church for close to six years.

Investigators still were trying to figure out late Sunday just where he and the other three that were killed were standing.

"Because of the way of the wreckage; because of the number of vehicles; because of the somewhat compact crime scene we have; a two-lane road and trees on either side; it makes it difficult to piece together exactly who was where at the time of the initial impact," said Terry Grisham, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department.

A fifth person remained in critical condition Sunday evening. 

WFAA photojournalist Michael Forbes contributed to this report.

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