Daughter mourns mother killed in Lauderdale Lakes crash
Sierra Brown remembers seeing Broward County school bus attendant’s upside-down SUV
LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. – Sierra Brown was in tears as she remembered arriving to a crash scene Sunday morning in Lauderdale Lakes.
She found her mother’s black SUV flipped upside-down after it was hit by a white Ford Mustang.
Ultimately, Tandy McNealy-White died at Broward Health Medical Center.
“My mom was caring, loving, supportive. She loved all her friends, all her family,” Brown said. “She was the rock of the family.”
McNealy-White was the mother of three daughters and a son. She worked as a Broward County school bus attendant for 15 years.
Brown said her mother had been preparing a trip with her best friend, who she planned to meet the night of the crash.
According to investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Bob LaFrance, 28, was behind the wheel of the Mustang heading north on State Road 7 near 42nd Street just before 4 a.m. Sunday.
McNealy-White was attempting to turn into a shopping center when she was hit.
Brown said the holidays will be difficult, but she will remember her mother as someone who always lived life to the fullest.
“That’s her thing,” Brown said. “My mama always said, ‘If I ever go, I lived my life.’”
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