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Morgan County deputies with Brittany Ann Maxwell's car after her fatal accident at Alabama 36 and Antioch Road on Friday.
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Morgan County deputies with Brittany Ann Maxwell's car after her fatal accident at Alabama 36 and Antioch Road on Friday.

Brewer girl dies in wreck
17-year-old senior killed in morning drive to school

By Seth Burkett
DAILY Staff Writer

sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

SOMERVILLE — Brittany Ann Maxwell might have become a pastry chef, family members said.

They'll never know.

The Brewer High School senior died in a wreck on her way to school Friday morning.

Seventeen-year-old Maxwell's car collided with a westbound car on Alabama 36 at Antioch Road at about 7:40 a.m., according to state troopers.

"She was on Antioch, and it appears she just pulled right out in front of the vehicle. ... It was a direct hit on the driver's side door," said Coroner Russ Beard.

Maxwell, the only occupant of the vehicle, died of blunt force trauma, Beard said.

The other driver, Gloria Kimbrough, 62, of Somerville suffered no injuries, according to state troopers.

Maxwell's father, Ken Maxwell, said he believes, from talking to a witness, that his daughter did not see the other vehicle coming.

Beard said Ken Maxwell went to the scene of the wreck after hearing about it.

'Family member saw it'

"Apparently a family member saw it, and they called him, and he went to the scene," Beard said.

Brittany, who was on her way to school, was only a few miles from the home of her mother, Montine Maxwell, when the wreck took place.

The Maxwells seemed to find comfort in Brittany's faith.

"Brittany was a Christian, and she was real strong in her beliefs," said her stepmother, Anena Maxwell. "... It's our understanding she had formed a prayer group at Brewer that led prayer before school and several of the students had joined in. It's our understanding she was holding her Bible when she died."

Brittany attended First Christian Fellowship on Beltline Road in Decatur, she said.

'One of the good ones'

"This was one of the good ones. I don't think she's ever been in any trouble in her life, and she was well-liked at school," said Anena Maxwell.

"I haven't gotten to see but one of (her friends), and she said everybody was really shook up at school today," she said.

Brittany participated in Brewer's color guard in grades nine through 11.

Maxwell said Brittany was close to her 23-year-old sister, Nicole. She also had a stepbrother, Thomas Cooper.

"Every time she would leave, she would always tell us she loved us and she would wave until she got out of sight," Maxwell said.

Peck Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

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