Dad: Daugh­ter killed in hit-run liked to help peo­ple

Sharonda Bar­rett was on school dance team, wanted to be a nurse.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Claire Os­born cos­born@states­man.com

Im­me­di­ately af­ter Ja­son Bar­rett heard his 16-year-old daugh­ter had been hit by a truck in Tay­lor on Satur­day, he rushed to the scene. He saw her there in the grass by the side of the road and grabbed her, he said.

“I was hold­ing her,” he said. “I was try­ing to talk to her and I told her to breathe and she did let out a cou­ple of breaths, but she wasn’t mov­ing at all.”

He said medics ar­rived a few min­utes later and tried to re­vive his daugh­ter, but Sharonda Bar­rett died at the scene.

Po­lice were still look­ing Tues­day for the driver who hit her and her friend as they were walk­ing by the side of street in the 1000 block of Old Thorn­dale Road just be­fore 9 p.m.

The driver was be­lieved to be driv­ing a dark Ford F-150 pickup.

Sharonda’s friend was taken to the hos­pi­tal with in­juries that were not life-threat­en­ing and has since been re­leased, po­lice said. They said her friend was the only wit­ness to the crash.

It was Tay­lor’s first traf­fic fa­tal­ity this year.

“Hit-and-run crashes do oc­cur on oc­ca­sion, how­ever the sever­ity

of Satur­day night’s crash that re­sulted in a fa­tal­ity is rare,” said Tay­lor po­lice Cmdr. Joseph Bran­son. The city had six fa­tal wrecks last year.

Since January 2016, there have been six crashes on Old Thorn­dale Road, Bran­son said. He said this is the first fa­tal­ity on the road.

Sharonda Bar­rett, who had four broth­ers, was go­ing to be a ju­nior at Tay­lor High School and was on the dance team, said her fa­ther. She was in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a nurse.

“She liked lend­ing a hand to peo­ple and was very out­go­ing and loved to laugh and joke around,” Ja­son Bar­rett said. He said he was close to his daugh­ter and they liked to dance and sing to­gether.

She was sup­posed to meet her grand­fa­ther in Dal­las for the first time Aug. 19, said her fa­ther. He said he had lost con­tact with his fa­ther but had re­cently re­con­nected.

Bar­rett said he hopes the driver comes for­ward.

“It’s bet­ter to go ahead and face it than let it catch up with you,” he said. “It will catch up with you.”

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about what hap­pened is asked to call Tay­lor po­lice at 512-352-5551.

Fu­neral ser­vices for Sharonda haven’t yet been set. A Go­FundMe ac­count to raise money for Sharonda’s fu­neral ex­penses has been set up at bit.ly/2vguLb0. Con­tact Claire Os­born at 512-246-0040. Twit­ter: @cosbo4

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Sharonda Bar­rett, 16, was killed Satur­day by a hit-an­drun driver.

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