4 killed in crash Saturday night in southern Tarrant County are identified

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A mother and daughter, a local youth minister and the stranded motorist they were trying to help were identified Monday as the four people killed in a “horrific” multi-vehicle crash late Saturday in southern Tarrant County in which nine other people were injured.

Hollie Boyles, 52, and her daughter, Shelby Boyles, 21, left their house nearby to help Breanna Mitchell, 24, of Lillian, whose sport utility vehicle broke down late Saturday in the 1500 block of Burleson-Retta Road, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.

Brian Jennings, 41, a youth minister at Alsbury Baptist Church, was driving past and pulled over to assist. Jennings had been at a party for his son, who just graduated from Burleson High School, a friend said.

Investigators say they think a vehicle slammed into Mitchell’s SUV about 11:45 p.m. Two other vehicles, including Jennings’ pickup, were damaged.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has begun a “source investigation,” said Carolyn Beck, a TABC spokeswoman in Austin said Monday. That does not mean that investigators have confirmed that alcohol was involved but when people are killed, the agency opens a “source investigation” to try to learn whether someone under 21 was illegally served alcohol, or if an adult was overserved, Beck said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported that Jennings died from injuries to the head, neck and abdomen and that Mitchell died from “multiple blunt-force injuries.” Injuries to both were “due to motor vehicle-pedestrian collision.”

The cause of death for the Boyleses had not been posted by late Monday.

Investigators are working on two fronts — accident reconstruction and a possible criminal investigation because alcohol may have been a factor, said Tarrant County sheriff’s spokesman Terry Grisham. Investigators have interviewed “dozens” of witnesses, he said.

“There is a ton of work to be done,” Grisham said Monday.

In addition to Mitchell’s SUV, the vehicles involved were a red pickup driven by a 16-year-old with seven teenage passengers from Hurst, Fort Worth and North Richland Hills; Jennings’ pickup, in which he had 13-year-old and 12-year-old passengers; and a Volkswagen driven by Ashlyn Evans, 18, of Burleson, with a 14-year-old passenger.

Monday afternoon, Kay Ward, who lives two doors down from Boyles’ house, said she didn't know the family well but that Hollie Boyles greeted Ward when she moved into the neighborhood in October and impressed her from the start.

“She came over to welcome us to the neighborhood,” Ward recalled. “She said, ‘We just built a shop and we have a ton of tools. If you ever need anything, come on over.’

“She was bubbly and nice. She always honked and waved. She seemed like the kind of person who would go out and help somebody.”

Some of those in the red pickup were apparently students from Keller Central High School, according to social media websites. Two were reportedly in critical condition, according to a MedStar official. Their conditions could not be learned Monday.

Debris from the wreck was cleared by Monday afternoon although a damaged mailbox lay on the ground. An accident investigator could be seen taking measurements.

“It's the most horrific wreck I have seen in years,” Grisham said.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

1500 block of Burleson-Retta Road, Fort Worth, TX
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