Mother asks public for info about daughter’s deadly crash

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The mother of a Virginia Beach teenager wants witnesses of a crash on Interstate 64 to come forward and talk to investigators.

18-year-old Briana Luckenbill died at the scene of the crash in Hampton Saturday night.

“When I identified her yesterday, she didn’t look like she had a broken bone in her body,” said Amy Luckenbill-Wheeler, Briana’s mother. “I just pray it did happen fast, that she didn’t suffer.”

Luckenbill-Wheeler said she will miss her daughter’s smile most. Briana loved country music and her cat. She also learned to love cars, mostly from hanging around her grandfather in rural Pennsylvania.

“She grew a love for cars, and it was amazing! She was putting in clutches for cars, she was doing all kinds of things,” said Luckenbill-Wheeler. “The last text I got Saturday night was, ‘Mom, we just finished putting in the clutch. We have to take the car for a drive. It has to go 300 miles before it can race.'”

Police say the circumstances leading up to Briana’s death are not clear. She attended a car club meet up with friends the night of the accident and social media is buzzing with mentions about the crash involving racing. WAVY.com asked Briana’s mother about that Monday.

“From my understanding, if there was any racing done, it was done by the time this accident occurred,” she said.

10 On Your Side also spoke to a person involved in the six-vehicle crash on Interstate 64. The witness — who didn’t know Briana — said traffic had slowed down because lanes were closed. He remembers looking in his rear-view mirror and seeing headlights coming up the shoulder of the road — then the impact.

Police say they need more eyewitness accounts to complete the investigation. They are asking witnesses to come forward with anything they remember about the crash and circumstances surrounding it. And so is Briana’s mother.

“Somebody needs to be held accountable for this,” said Luckenbill-Wheeler.

The full accident report will not be available until three days after the investigation is complete.

Briana’s friends plan to gather in her honor at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach.

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