Friends Remember 19-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit & Run - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/4/07

Friends Remember 19-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit & Run

A chilling 911 call is revealing more about what happened just seconds after a driver hit two women in a Lubbock parking lot.

NewsChannel 11 has also learned the suspect reportedly went to school with the victim.

"Someone's running over people," says an eyewitness to the 911 dispatcher.

"He's running over people? What kind of vehicle is it?," says the 911 dispatcher.

"It's a green four door Taurus," says the eyewitness.

Witnesses say a green Taurus hit 19-year-old Joniquia Washington and 21-year-old Erin Mika Wright in the parking lot of the Lizard Club on 34th Street around 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

The women were walking when they were struck. EMS took Washington and Wright to UMC where Washington later died. Wright is now in satisfactory condition.

Since that collision turned fatal, charges could now be upgraded against the suspect, Darene Brooks. The 19-year-old is currently charged with failure to stop and render aid. Police arrested him just blocks away from the scene, in the 1800 block of Manhattan Drive.

Monday, Joiniqua Washington's best friend shared memories with NewsChannel 11.

Washington was a 2006 Estacado High School graduate. She is survived by a nine-week-old baby boy and her friend tells us that her baby was her pride and joy.

Kyshunna Howard says the moment she met Joniquia Washington in elementary school there was an instant connection. The girls formed a bond that they thought would never be broken, but that all changed early Sunday morning.

"I had told her something was going to happen before we went and she was like, Kyshunna, I still want to go," says Kyshunna.

So the girls hit up Lizard Club for a fun night of dancing, but as they were leaving for the night, tragedy struck.

The image remains clear on Kyshunna's mind, her best friend, Joniquia being hit by a 1999 green Taurus.

"I tried to help Joniquia get her out of the way and I pulled her, but he just went over her," says Kyshunna.

Kyshunna says she couldn't believe it when she says the driver of the car fled the scene. Even more shocking, she says the suspect, Darene Brooks was a high school friend the girls had danced with throughout the night.

Joniquia was taken to UMC with serious injuries. It's in that hospital room two best friends would say their final goodbye.

"She told me that she wouldn't make it," says Kyshunna.

Instead of Joniquia, Kyshunna is now leaning on her twin sister Kyshanna for support, sharing their favorite memories.

"She was a great person, really outgoing. When she came over, it was like she was part of the family. I mean I can't believe she's gone. I can't believe she's gone," says Kyshanna.

For Kyshunna it's a friendship that took seconds to form and in one brief moment was gone.

"I'd just like to say I loved Joniquia," says Kyshunna.

The family tells NewsChannel 11 they are planning a funeral for Saturday. Details are still pending.

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