Family of drunk driving victim to raise money for wanted billboards
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. —
It's been nearly a year and a half since a Jonesborough woman died after being hit by a drunk driver. Shirra Branum's family is still adamant about finding the man charged with her death.
"The message we're sending out right now is we're not giving up,” Shirra’s mother Cindy Scalf said.
In March 2017, Branum was driving to her daughter's soccer game when investigators say she was struck head-on by Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya. Branum's son Randy was in the car.
"It was scary. It was very, very, very scary,” he said. “I screamed. She screamed That's whenever my mom reached over and grabbed me instinctively,” Randy continued, showing a scar on his chest. “She grabbed me so hard, it broke her fingers."
Mogollon-Anaya had a blood alcohol level of .20, more than twice the legal limit. The results took nearly three weeks to come back from the TBI. In that time, he was released from the hospital.
He's been on the run ever since. It has become a federal investigation.
The family is now planning a car wash fundraiser at Jonesborough's Olde Towne Hardware September 1 in order to put up wanted billboards across town.
"Basically we have to be our daughter's voice because she doesn't have one now,” Scalf said.
The family plans to post billboards in the Lousiana town where Mogollon-Anaya has family. He was caught in the U.S. illegally just before the crash and was awaiting a deportation hearing.
"Everyday: torment, anguish,” Scalf said. “You wake up every morning like you've been kicked in the stomach, and that feeling doesn't go away."
Branum's family is offering up a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. They’re thankful for the help they've received from the community so far.
"We knew Shirra was loved. We never dreamed by how many and all the support,” Scalf said.