Teen killed in New Albany crash identified - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Teen killed in New Albany crash identified

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- We now know the identity of a teenager killed in a crash in New Albany Thursday night.

16-year-old Brianna Negron died at University Hospital in Louisville around 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

Negron was involved in a crash at Kamer Miller Road and Charlestown Road.

Police were called to the scene just before 9:30 p.m. Witnesses told police a black Honda turned left from Charlestown Road onto Kamer Miller Road and collided with a Ford Pickup truck, and eventually a third vehicle.

Negron was a student at New Albany High School.

"And this is a picture of her after one of her plays, she was really into theater and drama," said Shari Swan, Negron's mother.

Shari Swan is a proud mom.

"She was my baby, she was my angel," Shari said.

But she is also heartbroken and grieving the death of her daughter.

"She was with her older sister, they had came from having dinner," Shari said.

Police say Brianna and her sister, Brittany, were involved in the three-vehicle crash in New Albany.

"I was having dinner and I got a phone call," said Swan.

Shari says that call was from a man with information about the crash.

"I kept asking is she okay? Is she okay? And he says, 'yes, she's okay.' And then I went to Floyd Memorial and my daughter called me and said they are stat flighting her to U of L and that's when I knew that it probably wasn't very good."

Police say Brianna was in the passenger seat and eventually pronounced dead at University of Louisville Hospital. The crash is now being investigated by the Floyd County Combined Accident Reconstruction Team or CART.

"And it (CART) contains police officers from the New Albany Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police Department," said Chief Todd Bailey, New Albany Police Chief.

Chief Bailey said CART investigates all fatal crashes - and then decides if there should be criminal charges.

"We have the ability to mass notify them and then they respond and they will take the scene over from the initial responding police officers, and they conduct the investigation from that point on."

"She wanted to be an astronomer, she wanted to see the stars, and now she is a star," said Swan.

Meanwhile, talking about some of Brianna's accomplishments like becoming a member of her school's thespian club is helping her grieving family smile when they feel like crying.

"Oh, she was over excited," Swan said. "She was like 'mama, we have to go get a new dress' so we went and picked out a new dress."

Brianna's brother, Brandon says his sister's life was cut much too short.

"(She) had a very bright future and a lot of potential and could have really made something special out of herself," Brandon said. "Just sad to see someone go before their time."

Funeral arrangements for Negron are pending.

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