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Mother seeks answers in daughter's death after back-to-back crashes

Minutes after Briana McGuire bumped into a parked car in a Dania Beach driveway, she was dead. Now her grieving mother is trying to make sense of her daughter's heartbreaking demise.

Bianca McGuire is in disbelief that her daughter is gone. She's puzzled over how the 19-year-old lost her life Saturday afternoon in the 2006 Dodge Stratus she had long wished for.

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"For the past couple of days, [she had] been happy, especially at home. She enjoyed driving her car, 'cause she wanted her car for a long time," McGuire said. "She had it for less than a month."

Moments after the fender bender, McGuire inexplicably sped down the street and crashed through a chain-link fence into the parking lot of Attucks Middle School in neighboring Hollywood, police said. The two crash sites are less than a block apart.

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Hollywood police on Thursday said the crash remains under investigation and would not comment further on the incident.

Briana's friend, Breanna Smith, said that as recently as two weeks ago, her friend had asked her for help practicing her driving. Briana was still learning how to drive, Smith said.

The two met while attending Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach and stayed close throughout the years, Smith said. Briana leaves behind a 1-year-old boy named Mario, she said.

Smith will remember her "as a very happy, caring and loving person.

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"She was always there for me," she said. "She was a very sweet girl."

Briana's mother said the young Lauderdale Lakes woman aspired to go into dentistry; she had most recently worked a sales job at a cellphone store but was looking to apply for college. She described Briana as a Christian who read the Bible and prayed often, and enjoyed the beach and hanging out with friends.

According to a Broward Sheriff's report, Briana had a minor crash at 1:53 p.m. in the 700 block of Southwest Fifth Street in Dania Beach's jurisdiction. Her car's bumper struck the rear bumper of a BMW that was parked in a driveway. The damage was estimated at $100.

According to the report, no citations were issued and the deputy facilitated the exchange of information between the car owners. By 2:34 p.m, the deputy had cleared the scene.

At 2:37 p.m., Hollywood police said, Briana fatally crashed into the school parking lot after barreling through a chain-link fence at a high rate of speed and striking a concrete lip around the grassy area next to the school parking lot.

The car rolled over and landed with its wheels in the air. Briana was pronounced dead at the scene.

Briana's mother is bewildered about the crashes and is looking for answers into her daughter's death.

"I have a lot of questions. It's like…now I'm kind of puzzled and people are asking me, 'What's going on?'" McGuire said. "I don't know myself. Right now, I'm just trying to prepare myself for her funeral."

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