Friend of teen killed in hit-and-run hopes accused driver ‘rots in prison’

Christene Marchitto

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A week after a 14-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident, her best friend has strong words for the driver accused in the deadly crash.

Brianna Lowe and Christene Marchitto were walking down Dobbins Pike last Tuesday night when the accident occurred.

“We were walking really close together,” the 13-year-old recalled.

Brianna Lowe
Brianna Lowe was killed in a hit-and-run accident on June 16 in Sumner County.

Brianna was immediately transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Christene, who called 911, was not injured.

Christene told News 2 Wednesday that she never saw the car coming toward her and her best friend since sixth grade that tragic night.

“I just remember a bang and she [Brianna] was in the road. We were almost at the house.” she said, adding, “I’m trying to forget about it. There’s nothing else I can do about it. I mean, she’s gone, so I can’t fix anything.”

Amanda Hall, the driver accused in the deadly accident, has since been taken into custody and faces a number of charges including reckless homicide. She remains jailed on a $125,000 bond.

“I hope she rots in prison for the rest of her life,” Christene said. “How can you hit something? I mean, even if it was a possum, I would stop to see. It’s just cold hearted.”

Brianna Lowe note
Brianna left her mother a note letting her know that she and her friend Christene had walked to the store.

The rising eight grader told News 2 prior to the accident, she and Brianna were complaining about how ready they were to be home.

“It was a long walk and we wanted to be home already,” Christene recalled, adding she knows she could have very easily been killed in the accident.

“There had to be a reason I was spared because we switched sides [on who was walking beside the road] often and it could have easily been me,” she explained. “I had to be missed for some reason, so it must be an important one.”

A GoFundMe account for Brianna has been set up to help with funeral expenses. Donations can also be made at any Farmer’s Bank.

A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday at the American Legion Post beginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $5.

A motorcycle ride will also be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. It will start at the American Legion Post and costs $20 per rider.

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