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The truck kept going as she held her dying daughter

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

CAMP COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The leads keep coming up, but authorities say there is still no sign of the truck responsible for the death of a pregnant East Texas woman. It's been a week since a two foot metal shard flew off the truck and smashed through the windshield of 18-year-old Allyssa Collins' car on Highway 271. Allyssa's mother was also in that car.

For Shannon Kemph, the last week has been a nightmare.

"I have never felt so much pain in my whole life," said Kemph.

Shannon was in the car when a metal shard flew off a black Peterbilt truck, hitting her daughter in the head. The truck kept going as Shannon held her dying daughter in her arms.

"Just holding her face in my hands and begging her to talk to me she couldn't say anything," said Kemp.

"This is a real tragedy for this family for the community as a whole cause I know this family personally," said Sheriff Alan McCandless.

DPS, the Camp County sheriff's office and we at KLTV have received dozens of tips on the truck. But...

"My understanding that none of them have panned out at this time," said McCandless. "We still want the public to call it won't take but the right phone call to clear this tragedy up."

The family just wants the driver to come forward.

"I'm sure it was an accident," said Kemph. "I know he probably didn't know and I just want him to know what we're feeling."

"We just need him to come forward be a man a 'fess up we're not mad," said William Dub Murrell, Allyssa's grandfather. "We just want him to know what happened."

"But I need him to know [about] the life that he's taken," said Shannon. "It was horrible, being there with her and having to watch her. I was with her when she took her first breath and her last, and I feel blessed for that I was with her.

DPS says the truck is a 1996 black Peterbilt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Camp County sheriff's office.

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