Woman killed in Fort Worth crash was working toward becoming nurse
FORT WORTH -- A 23-year-old woman who was killed in a car wreck Saturday was two years away from becoming a registered nurse, a family member said.
A 2007 graduate of Keller High School, Amy Anders was pursuing her degree while working as a cardiovascular intensive-care unit technologist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Her younger sister, Sarah, 18, said she spoke to Amy one last time Saturday morning.
"I was taking an ACT prep class and had to be there at 8," Sarah said Monday. "She said for me to have a good day and that she loved me and would see me later."
Amy went to a movie with a friend Saturday afternoon at the Fossil Creek Movie Theater in north Fort Worth and was scheduled to report to work Sunday, Sarah said.
She usually comes home about 9 p.m. when she has to work the next day, but no one had heard from her that night, Sarah said.
"At first we just thought she had gone out with friends," Sarah said.
Sarah said she was about to go out with friends when she got a call from her mother, telling her to come home immediately. When she returned home she was greeted by police cars and the news that her sister had been killed in a wreck, Sarah said.
Anders and the male friend had pulled out from the parking lot in the 5900 block of Sandshell Drive about 6:15 p.m. Saturday when they were hit by pickup driven by Alan Michael McKinney, a civilian member of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department's courtesy patrol.
McKinney, 29, of Fort Worth is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the crash.
'Devastating for both families'
"The truck hit on her driver's side door, and she was killed instantly," Sarah said.
"Her friend is at the hospital where Amy worked in critical condition. It's been devastating for both families."
Amy Anders will be buried at noon Thursday at Bourland Cemetery in Keller after a graveside service, her obituary said.
Officials did not identify the 21-year-old friend, whose condition is not known.
McKinney was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was later booked into the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $12,000. He was released from jail Sunday afternoon.
Fort Worth police said it appears that McKinney had the right of way.
Sarah said one Fort Worth police officer estimated that the pickup was going upward of 70 mph when it struck Amy's Honda Civic.
"He hit her car hard enough to flip his truck and completely demolished her car," Sarah said.
Suspended from courtesy patrol
McKinney was suspended from the courtesy patrol, sheriff's spokesman Terry Grisham said.
"He will remain suspended until the completion of our internal investigation and the criminal one," Grisham said.
The courtesy patrol program, which falls under the Sheriff's Department patrol division, is funded by state grants. Members are civilian employees who don't carry guns and are not certified peace officers.
Courtesy patrol teams travel with tools to help motorists who have minor trouble, such as flat tires or stalled engines, according to the Texas Transportation Department's website.
They help move disabled vehicles from the main lanes of highways and help get them started again or off the road.
The teams follow scheduled routes during peak traffic. They are also notified of problems by dispatchers.
Each month, teams in Dallas-Fort Worth log more than 40,000 miles of travel, according to the Transportation Department.
The wreck occurred a few blocks from McKinney's residence, according to public records.
His arrest is the latest involving suspected drunken driving connected to law enforcement agencies.
In recent weeks, a high-ranking Fort Worth police official and a Fort Worth DWI enforcement officer have been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report, which includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.