Vigil held for two teens killed in hit-and-run accident in Monroe

Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 10:51 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Two young girls were honored after they were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Monroe.

Family and friends held a balloon release Monday, Feb. 1 for 18-year-old Shedricka Hollins and 17-year-old Brianna Neal.

According to the Louisiana State Police, both Hollins and Neal were killed while attempting to cross U.S. Hwy 165, just south of LA Hwy 15 on Friday, Jan. 29.

Authorities say 22-year-old Corey Buie was driving southbound when both girls walked across the highway and into the path of Buie’s vehicle. State police say Buie left the scene after the crash but was later found.

Peachie Hollins, Shedricka’s mother, said she found out about the accident from one of her sons.

“He’s like, ‘mom, are all your kids in the house?’ I’m like everyone except Shedricka because her and Brianna walked to the store,” Hollins said.

She said her daughter and Neal were crossing the highway to go a gas station convenience store.

The portion of Hwy 165 where the crash occurred has been the site of several fatal accidents over the past few years.

Hollins said the two girls were warned about the highway dangers just moments before they tried to head back home.

“The guy told me when they left the store, he was the last one to see them alive, and his last words to them were, ‘you all be careful going across that highway.’ He told me they looked at each other, laughed, locked arms and walked off,” Hollins said.

Family told us Hollins was preparing to go to college, and Neal just found out she was heading to the 12th grade at Richwood High Schools.

Neal also leaves behind a 2-year-old son.

“As far as me being his great-auntie, I’m going to make sure he knows who his mother was, know that he is loved and he will be well taken care of. Regardless,” Franchesca Neal said.

Franchesca Neal, Brianna’s aunt, said she will raise her niece’s son and if he was her own.

“I also helped raise Brianna and her other siblings because my sister passed away, and I took that responsibility on. So I’ll do the same thing for her son and nothing is going to change that,” Neal said.

Despite the loss, both families say they will lean on each other for emotional support.

“I hate this for both families. They were so young. Brianna was 17 and Ms. Hollins was 18. They had their whole life ahead of them, but I know we will see them again,” Neal said.

Buie was placed under arrest and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center for hit-and-run driving.

Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.

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