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Family of vehicular homicide crash victim begs for the public to help find the suspect

Family of vehicular homicide crash...

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - A man remains on the run tonight, accused of vehicular homicide in Washington County, Tenn.

According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Alan Mogollon-Anaya is wanted for vehicular homicide by intoxication, aggravated child abuse and neglect and several other charges. On March 16 he was driving on Conklin road when police say he caused a crash that killed Shirra Branum, 37, and her injured her 9-year-old son.
Mogollon-Anaya's three children were also hurt.

Blood test results show his blood-alcohol-content was more than twice the legal limit.

Tonight, the family of the victim begs for someone to speak up so their daughter's accused killer can be captured.  News 5's Kristi O'Connor sits down with Branum's family, as they come to terms with the loss.

"She was a great mom. I would tell her how there aren't no more like her," Husband of the victim, Randy Branum said.

Randy and Shirra Branum were high school sweethearts.

"We've been together since we were sophomores in high school," Brandum said.

Never did he think their phone call on March 16 would be the last conversation they would ever have.

"We got to tell each other we loved each other," Branum said.

As Shirra was leaving their daughter's softball game with her son, another car crossed the center line on Conklin road and crashed into them head on. The suspect, Alan Mogollen Anaya, was taken to the hospital but released before deputies ever charged him.

"If we rush and file a charge we don't have everything we need to charge, we can't go back and add charges," Lt. Doug Gregg with the Washington County, Tenn. Sheriff's Office said.

After Mogollen-Anaya was already long gone, deputies got blood tests back showing he was driving at more than 2 times the legal limit, .20.

The suspect  has been in the Washington County Detention center three times before on DUI convictions, and he was nearly deported before Shirra Branum was killed.

"He shouldn't have been here on the road and that wouldn't have happened," Randy Branum said.

Previously, Sheriff Ed Graybeal told News 5, the suspect was in the U.S. on a work visa, but was picked up by ICE when it expired. Today we learned Mogollen-Anaya has never been in the U.S. legally.
He never had a work visa until Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, picked him up in August.

"Because they couldn't get him in front of a judge at that time, they released him on bond and gave him a temporary social security card and a temporary work card, which allowed him to earn wages while he was waiting to be deported," Lt. Gregg said.

But before his deportation, the crash that killed Shirra Branum happened. Now, as one her daughters heads to college in the fall, another is crowned prom queen and her son still recovering from serious injuries, her family is missing her dearly.

"She would have been so proud," Randy Branum said.

Her family is offering $2,000 reward to anyone with information to help authorities find the suspect.

"Because my daughter's family deserves justice, we deserve justice and even though she's in her grave, she deserves justice," Mother of Shirra, Cindy Scalf said.

Deputies believe the suspect is still in this area.  Five tips came in just last week. People reportedly spotted him hiding in fields in Washington County. Authorities say he has a large family in the restaurant business in this area.

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