EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFATAL CAR ACCIDENT
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Family Grieves After Daughter Is Killed In DUI Crash
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Videographer: Brad Rice
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Mar. 9, 2012 6:14 AM EST
Updated: Mar. 9, 2012 6:33 PM EST
Poca , Putnam County , West Virginia
A 22-year old woman was killed in an early morning wreck in Putnam County, and the driver is being charged in the accident. Now a family is left picking up the pieces and searching for answers.
Sherry Browning found herself living a parent's nightmare, after waking up to police knocking on her door asking if she was the mother of 22-year old Heather Brooks.
"He said, she didn't make it. And I said what do you mean she's home, she's in bed. And they said no maam, she was in a car accident," said Browning.
Sherry had picked Heather up earlier that night and brought her home because she didn't want her to drink and drive. "I said whatever you do don't go out, just stay home. I said you're tired get some sleep. I said I love you and goodnight."
But after Sherry went to bed, two of Heather's friends came over to visit with her and her sister. They asked Heather to leave with them to take a drive.
"She told me goodbye. She said sis I'll see you later. I waited and she never came back so I thought maybe she spent the night with them or something," said Heather's sister, Kim Pearmen.
Just a few minutes after Heather left, the driver of that car, Caleb Beckner, lost control around the bend on Poca River Road. The car flipped, and Heather was killed instantly. A witness says Caleb and the other man in the car performed CPR on Heather, but it was too late.
Caleb was arrested for aggravated DUI and DUI causing death.
"I think he will die on the inside knowing, and that's a lot of punishment," said Browning.
A young woman's death leaves behind an empty hole in the hearts of those who loved her. Including her baby niece whom she nicknamed "butterball" and her pet dog.
"She was that kind of person that when you meet her you're just like, you are so nice. You're such a wonderful person. She will be missed every second of the day. She'll be in my thoughts," said Browning.
According to the criminal complaint, Beckner's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
He's being on a $50,000 bond.
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