‘I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye,‘: Mother mourns the loss of her teen daughter after fatal crash

Police say drivers in two vehicles were racing; driver in fourth vehicle believed to have fled from scene

SAN ANTONIO – A third victim has died after a major crash involving four vehicles on the city’s North Side last month, according to San Antonio police.

The crash happened June 24 at the intersection of Pinewood Lane and McCullough Avenue.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified all of the victims, and the third victim was the most recent to be identified.

James Edward Ewell III, 20; Briana Sorrell, 15; and Derek Allen Twyman all died as a result of blunt force injuries, according to officials.

On Sunday, Sorrell’s mother spoke out about her daughter’s passing, saying she was unaware for quite some time before learning of her death.

“I didn’t know anything about it until the 26th. I am like, my baby has been dead for two days and I am just now being told. I didn’t know she passed in the crash. I didn’t even know she was in the car,” said her mother, Shirley Sorrell.

Sorrell said she wishes she had been able to say goodbye to her daughter one last time.

“I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to her or I love her, you know. All I said was, ‘I have five dollars’ and she said, ‘I will bring your change back.‘”

Of the four vehicles involved in the crash, police said they believe two of them were racing south on McCullough.

Police said one of the vehicles lost control and hit a tree. The vehicle was occupied by five people who are all believed to be in their early 20s or late teens, officials said.

A third vehicle was struck as it was trying to cross the intersection. The vehicle traveling from Millwood and crossing through McCullough was clipped by one of the vehicles racing, police said.

Three vehicles were reported, but police say a fourth vehicle is believed to have been involved but fled the scene before police responded to the scene. The vehicle in question, police say, is a black sedan-type vehicle.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.

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