Friends remember Va. Beach teen killed in crash

Briana Luckenbill of Virginia Beach

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia State Police are asking any witnesses of a deadly multi-vehicle car crash late Saturday night on Interstate 64 in Hampton to contact them.

The crash claimed the life of an 18-year-old Virginia Beach woman.

According to Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police, the six-vehicle crash happened around 11:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64, just east of Armistead Avenue.

Briana Luckenbill of Virginia Beach was riding in the front passenger seat of one of the vehicles and died at the scene.

The Virginia State Police crash reconstruction team is investigating the accident, but no charges have been filed at this time. Ayana said troopers are asking for help with the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is urged to call State Police at 757-424-6800. Callers can remain anonymous.

Briana was riding in a 1992 Honda Civic that was light green in color. It was seen at a Planet Fitness in Hampton shortly before the crash. Anyone who may have seen the vehicle is asked to call State Police.

Every weekend, car enthusiasts gather for what they call a “meet-up” at the Holland Road Kroger parking lot in Virginia Beach. Briana Luckenbill was there Saturday night with her friends, but now she’s gone.

Photos: Car meet-up honors crash victim

Sunday night, the group gathered again to remember her.

“It’s just one of those things. It could have happened to anybody, car people, non-car people. Wrong place, wrong time,” said Kyle Strait, a “meet-up” organizer.

Now, many of Luckenbill’s friends are left asking, “why her?”

“I need a little time to take this in, myself, because she was my life. I went to her for everything,” said Kahlil Murrow, a friend.

Luckenbill was a part of the car community, and came to these car meet-ups every weekend.

A family friend gave WAVY News’ Liz Palka a statement from Luckenbill’s mother, Amy:

No matter if Briana is 8 weeks old or 18 years old she will always be my baby girl. I love her so much and I wish she could just come back home. 

Friends started a fundraiser to help Briana’s mother cover funeral costs. Click here to visit the fundraising site.


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