BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — “There’s a hole in my heart that I don’t have any feelings in my emotions are so high until there are times I can’t speak,” said Sharonda Plain.
Plain lost her daughter, 32-year-old Breunkia Collins, to a hit-and-run accident in March in the 5700 block South Sherwood Forest Boulevard. The pain is still unbearable for Collins because she feels like more could have been done to bring her family peace and give her daughter justice.
“How can we still be the same as March 13th. A felony hit and run when somebody lost their life,” said Plain.
Collins was admitted to the hospital on March 12th shortly after 8:45pm, where she died a day later. The suspect, 22-year-old Jacob Knaz, turned himself in on March 16th. He was booked on felony hit-and-run charges, but bonded out shortly after. Plain says she wants more action from Sheriffs and the DA’s office.
“I want them to go out and search more, do more research, go to different business, pull in surveillance pull in traffic lights,” said Plain.
District attorney Hillar Moore says he understands the families concerns and wants them to understand that Knaz’s charge was considered a felony hit-and-run because there was no proof of intoxication.
“We do not have an alcohol or a drug level because he turned himself in several days later, and we will handle this case based on the proper evidence and the law,” said Moore.
Moore says the police department also helped look for footage from businesses in the area as well. The suspect’s last court date was March 17th. Moore hasn’t commented on the next hearing, but says..
“Should any other evidence come forward, that would allow us to increase this, and we have enough evidence to do that, we will do so,” said Moore.