MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Two young girls were honored after being killed in an accident in Monroe.
Family and friends hosted a balloon release for 18-year-old Shedricka Hollins and 17-year-old Brianna Neal on Monday February 1.
According to the Louisiana State Police, both Hollins and Neal were killed while trying to cross US Hwy 165 south of LA Hwy 15 on Friday, January 29.
Authorities said 22-year-old Corey Buie was driving south when both girls crossed the freeway onto Buie’s vehicle. State Police say Buie left the scene after the crash but was later found.
Peachie Hollins, Shedricka’s mother, said she heard about the accident from one of her sons.
“He says, ‘Mom, are all your children in the house?’ I’m like everyone but Shedricka because she and Brianna went to the store, ”said Hollins.
She said her daughter and Neal were crossing the freeway to go to a gas station supermarket.
The portion of Highway 165 on which the crash occurred has been the site of several fatal accidents in recent years.
Hollins said the two girls were warned of the dangers of the freeway shortly before attempting to return home.
“The guy told me as they left the shop he was the last one to see her alive and his last words to her were, ‘You all are careful walking this highway. “He told me they looked at each other, laughed, closed their arms and walked away,” said Hollins.
The family told us that Hollins was preparing for college and that Neal was just finding out she was going to grade 12 at Richwood High Schools.
Neal also leaves a 2 year old son.
“As far as I’m his great-aunt, I’ll make sure he knows who his mother was, that he is loved, and that he is well looked after. Anyway, ”said Franchesca Neal.
Franchesca Neal, Brianna’s aunt, said she would raise her niece’s son if he were her own.
“I also helped raise Brianna and her other siblings because my sister died and I took on that responsibility. So I’m going to do the same for your son and nothing is going to change that, ”said Neal.
Despite the loss, both families say they will lean on each other for emotional support.
“I hate this for both families. You were so young. Brianna was 17 and Ms. Hollins was 18. They had their whole life ahead of them, but I know we’ll see them again, ”said Neal.
Buie was arrested and sent to the Ouachita Correctional Center.
Toxicological samples were obtained and presented for analysis.
The crash is being investigated further.
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