Grandparents ask who is responsible? Metal shard kills pregnant teen

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - A bizarre accident claimed the life of a pregnant, East Texas woman. Around three Thursday afternoon on Highway 271 just north of Pittsburg, authorities say debris fell from a truck and crashed through another car.

Inside that car was Allyssa Collins, 18, of Pittsburg and her mother. Allyssa was killed.

"[She was a] happy, smiling, laughing, beautiful girl."

For her family, it was a shattering loss.

"She's my baby its just a hard loss," said William "Dub" Murrell, Allyssa's grandfather.

6 weeks pregnant, Allyssa Collins was southbound on 271, when a black truck pulling a rock crusher approached.

"Something came off the truck and through her windshield and hit her in the chin and the throat area," said William.

Investigators said a two foot metal piece broke off the rig and crashed through Allyssa's windshield. She was on her way back from a medical visit to Mount Pleasant, her mother was a passenger in the car with her. Allyssa's mother immediately grabbed the wheel and steered the car to the shoulder, then called 9-1-1, but in spite of emergency efforts, Alyssa later died at a hospital.

"She took hold of Allyssa and it wasn't long," said William. "She died right after that."

"It's a helpless feeling," said Connie Murrell, Allyssa's grandmother. "[I felt] really helpless."

The truck driver didn't stop, and may not have seen what happened.

"We want to know so we can have some closure, but we also don't want it to happened to somebody else," said Connie. "I didn't have to happen that way."

The family wants the driver to come forward for the sake of a young girl who's life, and unborn child, will never be realized.

Witnesses have told authorities that they saw the truck in Mount Pleasant later that afternoon. Anyone with any information on the black Peterbilt truck and its whereabouts, is asked to call the Camp County Sheriff's office.