A Tennessee woman was taken into custody on June 17 and was charged in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in a hit-and-run the night before.
The teenage girl, Brianna Lowe, was reportedly walking with a friend along Dobbins Creek Pike in Portland, Tennessee, when she was struck and killed by a car that continued driving. Brianna’s mother, Joyce Jacobs, later passed by the accident on her way back from a fishing trip, unaware her daughter was there.
“I didn’t know it was my daughter,” she told reporters.
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Jacobs had returned home that night to find a note from Brianna that read: “If your (sic) reading this, we walked to the Dollar Store.” The mother later discovered her daughter, who was a rising eight-grader, was a part the deadly accident she had passed earlier.
Brianna was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Amanda Colleen Hall is now being held at the county jail in Sumner County, Tennessee, and authorities believe she was the driver responsible for the girl's death. The 42-year-old is being charged with reckless homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a revoked license, reports WKRN.
“I’m so mad. How can you knock a kid in the ditch, kill her and leave her there? I don’t understand,” Jacobs told WKRN. “That’s a human being. That’s my daughter that I have to live without because someone is an idiot. My heart is broke.”
Brianna and her friend were walking back from a Dollar General store close to her home just before 9:30 p.m. when she hit and killed by what investigators initially described as a black truck or SUV. Her friend was not injured.
Jacobs describes her daughter as an animal lover who would help anyone in need. Her mother says before the deadly accident, she had discouraged Brianna from walking along busy roads.
“She’s just a good-hearted kid,” Jacobs said. “She’d do anything for anyone, especially an elderly person.”
Hall is being held at the Sumner County jail with bail set at $125,000.
Investigators are still trying to determine if alcohol was involved and is a factor in the case, reported WDEF.