Former Nevada Guardswoman Remembered After She's Killed in Car Accident

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 7/23/2013 6:10 pm
RENO, NEV (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--A local family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Police Dept., and a former officer. The family says the former officer's actions resulted in their daughter's death.

21-year-old Ashley Browder served several years in the Nevada National Guard here in Reno before moving to Albuquerque.

"She really was one of the most honest people I've ever met," says Master Sgt. Eric Howe. Sgt. Howe worked alongside Ashley in the National Guard.

"She really got to a lot of people," says Chris Rittenbach, Ashley's supervisor at the National guard.

They describe her as being very timid at first, but also being a quick learner.

"She was just very open and wanting to see the world," says Master Sgt. Howe.

Ashley's life tragically ended in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our sister station KOB-TV, says Ashley's sister was driving the two of them when an off-duty Albuquerque Police Pfficer allegedly ran a red light, hitting the passenger side where Ashley was sitting.

Ashley died at the scene, her sister was injured.

"I was shocked, at first it was disbelief, the normal stuff to just not knowing what to say," says Rittenbach.

"A lot of people took it very hard," says Master Sgt. Howe.

The officer accused of hitting the young women, Sgt. Adam Casaus has been fired from the police department. He originally told investigators he was pursuing a drunk driver while off-duty. According to KOB-TV, a black box inside his police car indicated he was going 62 miles per hour a half second before impact.

Casaus has been charged with vehicular homicide and great bodily injury by vehicle.

"She was the sweetest young girl that iI've known here, she was a super super nice person, I don't think there was a single person on this base that didn't really really like her," says Rittenbach.

"I would really like to extend my sympathies to her family she will be missed, i'll miss her too," says Master Sgt. Howe.

The family placed a large memorial sign at the intersection where it happened, but the state asked the family to take it down. The state has told the family they can put a metal cross up in Ashley's memory.

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