Woman responsible for Columbia crash that killed co-worker - WKRN News 2

Woman responsible for Columbia crash that killed co-worker

Posted: Updated: Jan 29, 2014 01:42 PM CST
Janine Brammer was killed in a head-on collision in Maury County Monday afternoon. Janine Brammer was killed in a head-on collision in Maury County Monday afternoon.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

A young woman caused a fatal crash earlier this week in Maury County that claimed the life of one of her co-workers.

Solveig "Janine" Brammer, 49, died just before 3 p.m. Monday after her SUV was hit head-on by a car driven by Victoria Shepherd.

The two women worked together at the Kohl's department store in Spring Hill.

According to Columbia police, Shepherd, 22, was traveling north on Highway 31 near the small community of Neapolis when her cell phone vibrated in her lap.  Police said she looked down and accidentally knocked the phone into the passenger seat.

According to the report, when Shepherd looked up, she saw a car, without brake lights, stopped in her lane.  She swerved to miss the car and then overcorrected.  Her vehicle crossed the median and slammed into Brammer's SUV causing it to flip onto its side.

Brammer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said both women were wearing seatbelts.

Neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the crash.

Shepherd, who wasn't seriously injured in the crash, learned Tuesday she worked with the woman she hit and killed.

Amy Franks, a friend of Shepherd's, told News 2 she was crushed by the news. 

"She is in mourning," Franks said of her friend.  "She is very sorry for the family.  She is mourning the loss of a co-worker and a friend and it would have been a tragic situation had she just harmed someone but it makes it that much worse that it was someone she actually knew."

"We don't know all the details," Franks continued. "Everyone is saying it is this thing with a cell phone. Her cell phone vibrated [but] she never even looked at it and she didn't touch it.  They don't know all the details and are investigating."

Brammer was married for 17 years but never had any kids. She and her ex-husband Bart divorced last year.

He told New 2 the family is making plans to bury Solveig, who was known around Spring Hill as Janine because, according to her ex, no one could pronounce her first name.

Bart Brammer told News 2, "She was vibrant and spiritual, a leader, a lot of fun, who laughed a lot.  She entertains people.  She had wonderful highs and extreme lows.  She was good hearted and she gives to everyone and anybody, and shares what she has."

When asked what he'll miss the most, Brammer replied, "The spiritual, the friendliness, her face, and the shoes, she loved shoes, high heels. She has a closet full."

Shepherd is charged with failure to exercise due care and police said additional charges are possible after the investigation concludes.

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