Bre’Ana Powell was cycling home from work when she was hit and killed by a garbage truck. Now his family wants justice.
HOUSTON — The mother of a young cyclist killed by a garbage truck is calling for change.
Diane Henderson-Francis said her daughter, Bre’Ana Powell, 27, had just gotten her first apartment and worked night shifts at Hobby Airport. She texted her mother every morning to let her know she was home, but on the morning of October 8, she never got there.
” What should be ? For their family member to pass by? Because I mean, how would they feel? said Diane Henderson-Francis, his mother. “I think he should face something. He took my child’s life.
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The garbage truck driver who hit and killed Powell has not been charged with a crime. He was questioned and released from the scene.
She was riding her bike home this Saturday morning when Houston police said the driver was pulled over at a red light on Broadway and Morley. He spun right and hit Powell, who was wearing a safety vest.
“You drive one of the biggest trucks, the most dangerous trucks…why isn’t there more technology?” Henderson-Francis said.
Powell’s family has filed a million dollar lawsuit against the owner of the truck: Republic Waste Services of Texas. They claim the driver didn’t use his turn signal, so Powell wouldn’t have known he was going to cross his path.
However, according to the police report, the driver told police he used his signal. KHOU 11 reached out to the company, but a spokesperson told us they couldn’t comment on ongoing litigation.
“She called and texted every morning, every night,” Bre’Ana’s sister Jaleyah Francis said.
She said no one can replace Powell. As well as working at the airport in traffic control, she worked at NRG and planned to start a new security job at Minute Maid Park. They said she rode her bike every day, but the month she died she was finally ready to get her driver’s license.
“They shouldn’t wait for tragedy to strike to make changes. It’s just insane to me,” Henderson-Francis said.