Savanna Spencer was returning from University of New Orleans.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
Funeral services have now been set for the Ark-La-Tex teenager killed this week in a fiery, two-vehicle wreck on her way home from college. And authorities have now released the 911 calls from those who witnessed the tragedy.
According to her mother, 19-year old Savanna Spencer of Bossier City had just wrapped up finals on Wednesday (5/08/13) morning at the University of New Orleans and was about an hour from her Bossier City home when the fatal wreck happened.
It all began shortly after 5-o'clock Wednesday afternoon when Spencer lost control of her car while headed north on Interstate-49 in Natchitoches Parish. State Police say Spencer's 2008 Chevy Cobalt crossed the median and hit an 18-wheeler, before catching fire. She died at the scene.
Cynthia Spencer fears that it's likely her daughter may have fallen asleep at the wheel from exhaustion because of her long day. KSLA News 12 has now obtained the 9-1-1 recordings that came from the scene:
DISPATCHER: (phone rings) "9-1-1. State your emergency." CALLER 1: "Yes, I'm on (Interstate) 4-49 going North. I just witnessed a car go across the median, hit a tractor trailer head-on. The driver of the truck is out."
DISPATCHER: (phone rings) "9-1-1. State your emergency." CALLER 2: "There's a bad wreck on the wreck on the interstate, a call just burst into flames..." CALLER 2: "...The guy in the 18-wheeler has gotten out a fire extinguisher and they're trying to get the fire out but it's, I don't know. It's still burning. And now the 18-wheeler's on fire. Oh my gosh."
Spencer was a 2012 graduate of Airline High School in Bossier City, and a sophomore at the University of New Orleans. The Spencer family released a statement which read in part: "Savanna was a bright shining star. Her sweetness, joyful personality, and smiling eyes brought happiness to everyone she touched. She was mature for her age, but viewed life with a childlike innocence."
Savanna's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St James Catholic Church in Gonzales, Texas. Memorial gifts may be made to the Savanna Frances Spencer Scholarship Fund, at the University of New Orleans Foundation, Homer L Hitt Alumni Center, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans.