Dad: Daughter killed in hit-run liked to help people
Sharonda Barrett was on school dance team, wanted to be a nurse.
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
Sharonda Barrett, 16, was killed Saturday by a hit-andrun driver.