Family speaks after deadly Solon car crash

Family speaks after deadly Solon car crash

SOLON, OH (WOIO) - The family of a woman Twinsburg woman who was shot to death after a car accident is speaking out about the tragedy.

Brenita Ashford was consumed with emotion while talking about Deborah Pearl on community Activtis Art McKoy's radio show, "the University of Common Sense," Sunday night.

"I'm like so angry because he didn't have to kill her," said Ashford.

Deborah Pearl was killed after she got into a car accident with another driver in Solon.

Police say the other driver, a 29-year-old man from North Ridgeville, took a rifle from his car and shot Pearl to death following the crash.

"She was such a sweet person like an angel," Ashrod said.

Ashford is an aunt to Pearl's son. She explained that she knew Pearl since her teenage years.

"When her aunt died I took her in, custody, and she lived with me until she graduated from HS," said Ashford.

It was Pearl's son that called Ashford to tell her about the crash Saturday. Ashford said she was relieved for a moment thinking Pearl may have only had minor injuries after the accident, but then she learned about the shooting.

"No human being nobody with their right conscious would get out their car after they have a crash and shoot an innocent woman. Innocent and defenseless," said Ashford.

Police are looking for a motive, but Ashford believes she already knows what it was.

"All I could think about when he said shooting was hate, this is a hate crime. No one gets out of their car to shoot someone that's been in a car crash," said Ashford.

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