CHICKASAW, Ala. (WKRG) — Family members and friends are trying to help two young children following the death of a young single mother. Brandie Johnson died in a car crash the day before Thanksgiving. She worked at the Huddle House in Saraland and it’s been the center of efforts trying to help after the unexpected loss.
Chickasaw Police say the 26-year-old was driving before dawn on I-65 northbound last Wednesday when her car collided with a tractor-trailer at the 12-mile marker. She was killed in the crash. Family members say she was a caring mom who brought joy to everyone she met.
“Brandie was a loving girl. Always happy everywhere she went, always making people smile, we as a family we’re going to miss her a lot. Her moms, stepdads, the whole community has been great through this she leaves behind two beautiful girls and it’s going to be a broken-hearted thing,” said the victim’s father Chuck Johnson.
This case also hits local law enforcement hard. Johnson’s stepfather, Glen Wickell works for the Chickasaw Fire Department.
“She was beautiful, she had a good work ethic, good mom, she’s going to be missed, I mean I have more hole in my heart than heart right now but God will get us through this,” said Wickell. Co-workers at the Huddle House organized a fundraising page and held a special balloon release Saturday night.
“She was always happy, cheerful, happy to come to work, you’d just pick up the phone and she’d come in running, she never wanted to leave here to be honest with you,” said Huddle House GM Holly Boyle.
A Memorial Service is planned for this Thursday at Kushla Assembly of God. 5 pm – 6 pm is for family members. The memorial continues from 6 – 8 for friends and well-wishers.
Family and friends have also set up a GoFundMe account. Money raised will go towards the memorial service and care for the children.
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