ANCHORAGE, AK — A church in Mountain View filled up with family and friends of a young Anchorage woman killed in what police say was a alcohol-related crash June 30 in East Anchorage.
The New Hope Baptist Church held a funeral service for Citari Townes-Sweatt, 20, Tuesday morning.
Lanita Sweatt, Citari’s mother, was among many who spoke at the podium and said nothing could have prepared her for losing her daughter that Sunday morning.
"I thought that when these things happen, you would at least get some kind of sign or something," Sweatt said.
Family members say Townes-Sweatt was driving with friends on their way to a party in her 2004 Monte Carlo she bought two days before the crash with money she earned while working at Costco.
Anchorage police say the collision happened at the intersection of Boniface Parkway and Debarr Road when a 2006 Chrysler 300 ran a red light and hit Townes-Sweatt's Monte Carlo shortly before five in the morning. Police say JBER airman Lane Wyatt, 22, was behind the wheel of the Chrysler 300.