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Woman killed in crash involving city bus identified

Briana Chavez

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — An El Pasoan studying to become a veterinarian was killed when she was struck by a vehicle in Las Cruces.

Briana Chavez, 19, was struck by a city bus Tuesday evening, according to her family.

Las Cruces police said a transit bus was involved in the crash that killed Briana Chavez.

Police said the crash happened on Del Rey Boulevard and Settlers Pass just before 7p.m.

Chavez was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where she died, said police.

On Wednesday, KFOX14 spoke with Briana’s parents, who said they’re heartbroken and still cannot fathom the loss of their daughter.

Briana’s mother, Sandra Chavez, told us about the call she received from police, a call she hopes no mother ever gets.

“They told me my daughter got hit by a bus and that the bus was going kinda fast. When the bus hit her, with the force of the bus, it also threw her into oncoming traffic and she was hit by two other cars,” Chavez said.

Chavez said she was in complete shock when she learned what had happened.

She said she had last seen her daughter on Christmas Day, just one day before the crash.

Chavez recalls the very last words she heard from her daughter.

“That she loved me and that she would see me pretty soon and that she hugged me and said, ’We'll see you, Mom; I love you.'" Chavez said.

Chavez said her daughter was in ROTC and was a graduate of Burges High School in El Paso.

Her father, Rogelio Avalos, said Briana always had a positive outlook on life and was studying at New Mexico State University to become a veterinarian.

“She was a humanitarian and we have cats in our home that she rescues, that -- those are our memories from her,” Avalos said.

Chavez was a sophomore at NMSU.

Briana’s family started a GoFundMe account to help bring their daughter from Las Cruces to El Paso, where she will be buried.

If you’d like to help the family, you can visit Briana’s GoFundMe account at https://www.gofundme.com/6yanm-services-for-briana-chavez

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