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Friend remembers woman killed in Port Charlotte DUI crash

Reporter: Justin Kase Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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A beloved mother, friend and daughter was tragically killed in a DUI crash.

We reported Angela Harris was killed when a man hit her car from behind on US-41 in Port Charlotte recently.

Harris’ best friend remembers her as a woman of faith and a wonderful mother to three kids. She told us a candlelight vigil is being planned at the intersection of the crash on  Thursday at 6 p.m.

Dabney says she missed a call from Angela 30 minutes before the crash, and she’s taking that especially hard.

“I’m expecting a phone call any minute from her,” Dabney said. “It’s a nightmare.”

For many years, Harris was Dabney’s best friend. The two had their daughters together in the same hospital on the same day.

“My water broke and I called her. I said, ‘I’m coming to join you,’” Dabney said.

Harris was killed when investigators say Devon Barber was driving fast and under the influence slamming into the back of Harris’ car.

“You took someone’s mother, friend, daughter,” Dabney said. “No parents should have to bury their children.”

Dabney says Harris was a great mother to her three young children she now leaves behind.

“They’re taking it rough,” Dabney said. “I know they haven’t been to school all week. They’re just trying to process this. The younger one, I don’t think he really understands yet.

Dabney says she’ll remember Harris for always making people smile and giving them the shirt off her back.

“You need a ride? She’ll give it to you. You need her last dollar? She’ll give it to you. That’s the type of person she was,” Dabney said.

Dabney told us she was planning on going to church with Harris Sunday. She says Harris is her angel in heaven now. The family was in too much pain Friday to speak with us but wanted to thank the community for their prayers and support.

Loved ones are now left with an empty feeling and questioning why this happened at all.

“I just have to say don’t drink and drive,” Dabney said. “I can’t even process what she was thinking sitting here, this man coming at her.”