Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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June 17, 2013

Updated: Victims in Burleson-Retta Road wreck identified

3 ‘Good Samaritans’ killed in crash while aiding stranded motorist, also killed

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office officials released the names of the four people killed late Saturday night in a four-car crash on Burleson-Retta Road.

Brian Jennings, 43, teen pastor at Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson, was identified by friends on Sunday as one of the four killed.

Breanna Mitchell, 24, of Lillian, Hollie Boyles, 42, and her daughter, Shelby Boyles, 21, who lived near the scene of the accident, were also killed in the wreck, according to information released Monday.

Nine other people — all teenagers — were taken to Fort Worth hospitals, including two who were in critical condition, according to a statement released early Sunday by Matt Zavadsky, director of public affairs for MedStar Mobile Health. One of those two was transported by air ambulance, Zavadsky said.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Terry Grisham said Tuesday that investigators are still trying to determine exactly what happened in the accident, which occurred shortly before midnight in the 1500 block of Burleson Retta Road, just east of Spinks Airport. Evidence at the scene does indicate that alcohol may have been involved, he said.

A spokeswoman with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Monday said the TABC has started its own investigation to determine what if any role alcohol played in the crash.

Grisham said a white SUV driven by Mitchell, a white pickup driven by Jennings and a red pickup driven by 17-year-old Ethan Couch were all headed west on Burleson Retta Road. The fourth vehicle, a  red Volkswagen driven by 18-year-old Ashlyn Evans of Burleson, was eastbound at the time of the accident.

Initial investigation indicates that Mitchell, on her way home from work, had a blowout on the dark, narrow stretch of road, Her white SUV was parked in the ditch facing west.

Jennings was on his way back from his eldest son’s high school graduation party and headed to Alsbury Baptist to return folding tables and chairs he had borrowed for the party. When he saw Mitchell stranded on the side of the road, he stopped to help, leaving two youngsters riding with him —  Lucas McConnell, 12, and Isaiah McLaughlin, 13 —  in his truck.

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