Family speaks out after suspected drunk driver kills a Plainview woman - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/12/09

Family speaks out after suspected drunk driver kills a Plainview woman

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) -After a young Plainview woman is killed by a suspected drunk driver, her family speaks out.

DPS says a pickup truck driven by Jimmy Scott Barnhill of Midland, was headed the wrong way on I-27, just south of Hale Center, around 3:50 Sunday morning. Barnhill's truck hit a SUV head on, killing the driver, 21-year-old Ashleah Richards.

Ashleah's parents say she always put others first. Just a few weeks after her 21st birthday she offered to be the designated driver for her friends Saturday night, but no one ever dreamed her responsibility would result in her death. "I know where Ashleah is at and we grieve, we grieve because we miss her, but we are celebrating her life as well," said Ashleah's father Mark Richards.   

On Sunday, Mark and Lorraine Richards lost a daughter.  Ashleah's sister and brother lost a friend. On Saturday night, Ashleah and her four girlfriends went out for a fun evening. "My baby was such a giving and loving person, she just wanted all her friends to be safe," said Ashleah's mom Lorraine Richards.

But on their way back to Plainview, a pickup truck, driven by 48-year-old Jimmy Barnhill, was heading the wrong way on I-27, just south of Hale Center. He hit the five women head on. Ashleah was pronounced dead at the scene, the other four women had minor injuries. DPS took a blood sample from Barnhill and alcohol was found at the scene.

Although the family believes Ashleah is the victim of a drunk driver, DPS emphasizes that no such allegation has yet been proven. 

"It wasn't her time," said Mark. 

The family says the act of drinking and driving is completely preventable. "We watch people that get inside of a vehicle and drive off that has been drinking and we don't say anything when's it going to stop," said Mark. 

The family is in the process of setting up a memorial fund in Ashleah's name.

There will be a memorial service in Plainview this Thursday at 10 a.m. at the New Life Church. A funeral will follow in Portales, New Mexico at 3 p.m. (central time) at the Church of Christ.

©2009 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

10/12/09

Crashes cause TxDot to change Interstate access roads

Two deadly crashes have intensified the need for change in Plainview. At least that's how the Texas Department of Transportation feels.
  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-07-21 22:13:06 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 1:36 AM EDT2018-07-23 05:36:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

  • Gunman in Trader Joe's standoff was feuding with grandmother

    Gunman in Trader Joe's standoff was feuding with grandmother

    Sunday, July 22 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-07-22 12:49:27 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 1:25 AM EDT2018-07-23 05:25:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Los Angeles Police SWAT officers escort a group of people who were held for their safety by police across businesses surrounding a Trader Joe's supermarket, after a gunman held dozens of people hostage inside the store bef...(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Los Angeles Police SWAT officers escort a group of people who were held for their safety by police across businesses surrounding a Trader Joe's supermarket, after a gunman held dozens of people hostage inside the store bef...

    Police say they're trying to determine what prompted a man to shoot his grandmother and then run into a busy Los Angeles supermarket and hold dozens of people hostage for hours.

    Police say they're trying to determine what prompted a man to shoot his grandmother and then run into a busy Los Angeles supermarket and hold dozens of people hostage for hours.

  • breaking

    Toronto Police: 1 dead, multiple shot along busy city street; shooter dead

    Toronto Police: 1 dead, multiple shot along busy city street; shooter dead

    Sunday, July 22 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-07-23 03:44:54 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 1:18 AM EDT2018-07-23 05:18:20 GMT

    Police have not yet released information on the suspect or a possible motive.

    Police have not yet released information on the suspect or a possible motive.

Powered by Frankly