Youth pastor, mom and daughter killed in Tarrant County crash

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by TODD UNGER, MARCUS MOORE and RYAN WOOD / WFAA

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

TARRANT COUNTY — A father of three whose life mission was to minister to children is one of four people killed in a crash in far south central Tarrant County early Sunday morning.

Brian Jennings, 41, was one of three Good Samaritans — including apparently a woman and a child — who were trying to help a stranded driver in the 1500 block of Burleson Retta Road, east of Spinks Airport, just after midnight Saturday.

It's a tragic accident that investigators said most likely was caused by drinking and driving and inexperienced drivers.

The fatal sequence of events started around midnight Saturday.

Jennings stopped to help a car that was stranded.

A woman and her daughter who live nearby were already at the scene.

Some witnesses told WFAA it was their car that had broken down but deputies said they think the pair came from nearby to help out a fourth person, who was the driver of the original car that became disabled.

Moments after everyone was gathered to help— another truck came barreling down the two-lane road, striking at least one of the parked cars.

Four people were killed, and more than half dozen others went to a hospital.

Emergency workers from Fort Worth, Everman and Crowley fire departments worked together along with CareFlite.

Jennings was a youth pastor at Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson, and his congregation was devastated to learn the fate of the father of three on Father's Day.

"This really shouldn't have happened. It'll always be that thing they remember on Father's Day," said Scott Sharman, a fellow pastor and close family friend of the Jennings family. "It is really tough." 

Jennings was married and had worked at the church for close to six years.

Investigators still were trying to figure out late Sunday just where he and the other three that were killed were standing.

"Because of the way of the wreckage; because of the number of vehicles; because of the somewhat compact crime scene we have; a two-lane road and trees on either side; it makes it difficult to piece together exactly who was where at the time of the initial impact," said Terry Grisham, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department.

A fifth person remained in critical condition Sunday evening. 

WFAA photojournalist Michael Forbes contributed to this report.

E-mail tunger@wfaa.com

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