Crime

March 10, 2014

Hurst soldier killed in Euless wreck on his way to drills

A Granbury woman faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter in the Sunday traffic death of the Hurst soldier.

Brandon Bennett, 20, of Hurst was on his way to Lewisville for drills at the Texas Army National Guard early Sunday when he was struck and killed in a traffic accident in Euless.

The other driver, Beth Branum, 29, of Granbury remained in the Euless Jail on Monday with bail set at $15,000. She faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the accident. Branum was taken into custody by Euless police after being treated and released from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Bennett’s mother, Brenda Holden of Hurst, fought back tears Monday as she talked about her son, a graduate of L.D. Bell High School.

“It was his dream to serve his country,” she said. “He had such a tremendously big heart.”

Bennett died at 7 a.m. Sunday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford in Bedford, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website.

Fire crews and patrol officers were sent to the accident in the 2300 block of West Pipeline Road in Euless shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. The accident took place five minutes from Bennett’s home.

He was northbound on Westpark Way when his Honda was hit by the car driven by Branum, police said. She was eastbound on West Pipeline Road when she drove through the intersection and hit Bennett’s car, police said.

When crews arrived, paramedics started resuscitation efforts on Bennett, who was taken to the Bedford hospital where he died.

A search warrant was obtained for Branum’s blood, and results are pending, police said.

Bennett was a private in the Texas Army National Guard, according to National Guard records.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the family at this time,” Capt. Martha Nigrelle of the Texas Army National Guard in Austin said Money in an email.

In a telephone interview Monday, his mother said: “He would do anything for anybody. He helped so many people.”

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