Friends organize fundraiser for pair killed in weekend crash

Friends organize fundraiser for pair killed in weekend crash

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Hundreds came out Wednesday night to support the families of victims of a deadly weekend crash. Hundreds came out Wednesday night to support the families of victims of a deadly weekend crash.
"I appreciate how much you all love my baby. Thank you," Jennings' mom told a crowd of hundreds. "I appreciate how much you all love my baby. Thank you," Jennings' mom told a crowd of hundreds.
It was an overwhelming show of support tonight in Farragut as hundreds came out to remember Jennings and Hensley. It was an overwhelming show of support tonight in Farragut as hundreds came out to remember Jennings and Hensley.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) - Hundreds came out Wednesday night to support the families of victims of a deadly weekend crash.

It happened Sunday.

Police say 20-year-old Jake Jennings had pulled over alongside I-40 near Cedar Bluff to help out his friends after their car broke down.

Two people were inside that car--20-year-old Brittany Branch and her fiance Joshua Hensley.

Officers say another car plowed into the three, killing Jennings and Hensley, and seriously injuring Branch.

Friends say they were not sure what to expect at Wednesday night's car meet fundraiser for the families, but they knew they had to do something to help the families of the three victims.

"I appreciate how much you all love my baby. Thank you," Jennings' mom told a crowd of hundreds.

It was an overwhelming show of support tonight in Farragut as hundreds came out to remember Jennings and Hensley.

"It's what we do. You know, Jake and Josh, they were both car nuts. This is their family," said Jennings' friend Josh McCoig.

Friends of the pair organized a car meet to raise money for their families and the family of Branch who is still recovering from the accident.

"One of the things we shared in common obviously was the passion for cars and automobiles, the automotive industry and what not," said Jennings' friend Louie Garza.

Police say the accident happened when Jennings pulled onto the side of the interstate to help Hensley and Branch who had broken down.

Jennings' friends say that is the kind of selfless act he always committed.

"He would travel 30 minutes, and hour, two hours to help you out, so you know, he was a good kid," said Garza.

They say returning the favor was all they wanted to do.

"The second that I knew this happened to them I already knew exactly what needed to be done," said McCoig.

The outpouring of support was even more than any of them expected--something they say they are incredibly thankful for.

"Thank you all. I am overwhelmed with everyone that's here," Jennings' mom told the crowd.

"I'm very impressed. I've never been more proud of the car community in Knoxville than I am now," said McCoig.

"It just shows how strong our community in our county, around the county is, and how much we'll go the extra mile to show support for a family," said Garza.

They collected money through donations and a raffle.

All the money raised will be split between the three families.

The driver of the third car-- 20-year-old Javier Rodriguez was treated and released from the hospital.

He's now facing several charges including vehicular homicide.
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