Taylor teenager recounts moment her friend was killed in hit-and-run crash

Darina Mitchell visits the spot where her friend was hit and killed by a driver that took off (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets).
Darina Mitchell visits the spot where her friend was hit and killed by a driver that took off (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets).

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — Most nights Darina Mitchell and her best friend Sharonda Barrett would walk down Old Thorndale Road. The route is now a reminder of the crash that took Barrett’s life on Saturday, Aug. 5. 

“I just remember getting hit in the shoulder and almost fell but I caught myself,” explains Mitchell. “When I looked up, I saw the truck just like smack her from behind and she went up and flew forward.”

Police said the vehicle was traveling west on Old Thorndale when it hit the girls, who were walking westbound along the road. Mitchell escaped the crash with bruising, Barrett, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I was just hoping that like she would start breathing and say she was OK, but it didn’t happen,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell knows it could’ve been her that didn’t make it. Now, she just wants justice. “Come forward, because she didn’t deserve it, none of us did.”

The driver of that truck took off. Wednesday afternoon, Taylor police said the vehicle involved is a 1994-1998 Chevrolet or GMC 1500 pickup truck, possibly red in color. The vehicle will have “significant” damage to the driver’s side headlight and side view mirror, police said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Taylor Police Department at 512-352-5551.

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