Tarrant crash victim: 'Momma, I love you. Please hurry!'

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 3:00 PM

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TARRANT COUNTY — When 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell had a blowout on Burleson Retta Road in rural Tarrant County this weekend, she called her mother.

Marla Mitchell answered, left her home in Lillian, and started driving.

Minutes later, her daughter called her back. She said, "Momma, I love you. Please hurry!"

And then the phone went silent.

A pickup truck filled with eight teens plowed into Breanna and three other people who were trying to help her: Youth pastor Brian Jennings, 41; Hollie Boyles; and her daughter, Shelby.

Marla Mitchell told News 8 she arrived at the chaotic scene and found her daughter's body. It was something she said she will never forget.

Mitchell added that her daughter was heading home after a catering an event at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth.

Breanna loved cooking. She was employed at the Fort Worth City Club, where she was hired less than eight weeks ago. She was working in the kitchen with the chefs.

"She was living her dream," said her mother. "She has loved catering since she was nine-years-old. I'm totally lost without her. She was the best part of me."

The driver of the pickup was identified as Ethan Couch, 16, by Tarrant County Sheriff's deputies on Monday. His vehicle was registered to a home two blocks from the crash scene on Burleson Retta Road.

Charges have yet to be filed in the crash, but investigators are looking into several factors, including alcohol and speed. They are also waiting for the results of at least two blood tests.

Most of the teens in the pickup truck who were taken to the hospital have been released, but News 8 has learned that two remained in the intensive care unit on Monday night.

The pickup truck also side-swiped another vehicle, a red Volkswagen, after hitting Breanna Mitchell and the Good Samaritans.

The driver, Ashley Evans, 18, and her friend, 14-year-old Peyton Alan, were treated and released.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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