Washington County VA

Family honors life of woman killed in crash

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - On May 10, 2012 Brittany Hankal was killed when the driver of a car she was riding in lost control and hit a tree. Hankal's family says that driver was drunk.

Now they're working to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.

"276 people were killed last year alone because of drinking and driving in the state of Tennessee, including my sister," says Ashley Ervin, Brittany's sister.
So the family chose a place Brittany loved and where she spent time as a volunteer, the Washington County, Tennessee/Johnson City animal shelter.

The family is hoping to cherish the memory of a loved one while continuing her passion, finding homes for animals.
"This is things she done anyway in her everyday life. So, by doing this, this helps us keep her memory alive, and all at the same time, as I said, helping others like the animal who hopefully will get new homes," says Kim Foster, Brittany's mom.
The family spent Saturday at the shelter collecting blankets, treats, toys and food.

"I brought a bunch of dog beds, pillows, two bags of food and some toys," says family friend Karolyn Montgomery.

This isn't the first event the family has done in Brittany's honor. They've also partnered with the American Red Cross for a blood drive.
"Our goal is to try to get more stuff here so people are aware drinking and driving isn't something that needs to be put on the back burner, it's something that needs to be brought attention to," adds Ervin.
During Saturday's event 14 animals found new homes and the shelter received quite a few donations.

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