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'This wasn't the plan,' says friend of family struck by unimaginable tragedy

Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 at 8:56 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Since Saturday, there's been one question on Anne Turner's mind: why?

Saturday morning, Turner's friend was riding his bike down Lake Carolina Boulevard. Justin Turner, 40, of no relation to Anne, was hit and killed by a driver who had to swerve when an unknown driver drove into the intersection without right-of-way.

"I was here when a friend called me right after it happened, and told me, and was just, 'No! No, God! This can't be true!' And just sobbing and crying out to God as I know so many people were," said Anne, the Director of Focus Bible Study at Northeast Presbyterian Church. "It is. It's impossible to understand. It really is."

It's impossible to understand for Anne and many others for a number of reasons. Justin was a deacon at her church, Northeast Presbyterian. Justin's wife, Brooke, is the Director of Women's Ministry there. Now, Brooke's left to cope with the unimaginable pain of sudden loss and the pain of another battle she's facing:  Stage Four breast cancer.

"This wasn't the plan," said Anne. "The thought was maybe that she may pass away before he would, so, you know, God's plan is just bigger than all of us. We just can't comprehend it."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the agency is searching for the driver of a silver sedan who may have caused the wreck.

"As a parent myself, and as parents and troopers, that weighs on our hearts heavily, and we're going to do everything we can to make sure we find the person responsible and the vehicle responsible for this crash," said LCpl. David Jones.

As that happens, Anne and others turn to faith.

"We always remember that nothing is impossible to God, Luke 1:37, nothing is impossible, so he is going to do mighty things through this," she said.

Friends of the Turner family have also established an online fundraiser for support. If you'd like to donate to it, click here.

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