Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Please pray for the family of Shawna Lambright, who died under mysterious circumstances yesterday morning. Chad and I knew her from when she attended our church a few years ago. Here is the news story about her death:

Woman dies after fall from Baker Road bridge

From staff reports
Baytown Sun

Published July 06, 2005

The family of Shawna Lambright want answers from Baytown police after the 20-year-old Baytown woman died Tuesday morning.

Lambright apparently died when she fell into Goose Creek from a bridge in the 3100 block of West Baker Road.

San Jacinto Methodist hospital officials told family members the girl jumped from the bridge.

“I don’t believe that for a minute,” said Billie Lambright about her granddaughter who attended Sterling High School in 2000 and lived in Baytown her entire life.

“She was a beautiful girl,” Lambright said. “She was struggling with some problems, but she had dedicated her life to God and was trying to get her life straightened out.”

Shawna’s grandparents, Billie and Louis Lambright of Baytown, have been her guardians and raised her since infancy. Her mother lives in Sheldon, but was a part of Shawna’s life.

Hospital officials alerted Shawna’s mother because she was listed as a contact from a previous hospital stay.

At the Baker Road site, the creek is very shallow and bordered by large rocks.

Lambright says Baytown police have yet to contact the family about Shawna’s death.

Baytown police Sgt. Lisa Rynearson said Shawna Lambright and two friends, a man and a woman, accepted a ride home from a stranger sometime after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver said after he dropped the man off, the two women asked him to stop his gray Ford pickup truck at the bridge on West Baker. He said Lambright and the other woman got out of the truck.

Rynearson said the driver said he heard a splash and left his vehicle to check on the women. He jumped into Goose Creek, recovered Lambright’s body and started administering CPR.

Paramedics were called, but Lambright was pronounced dead at San Jacinto Methodist Memorial Hospital around 2:20 a.m.

Baytown police have refused to identify the other people involved in the case.

Other questions that remain unanswered include: who called EMS, what’s the cause of death and when did police get involved.

Rynearson said investigators are questioning the driver and the other woman.

An autopsy is under way.

The Lambrights are angered by the Baytown Police Department’s decision not to talk to them or visit them at their home in Lakewood after the death.

Lambright said after Shawna’s mother made funeral arrangements Tuesday afternoon, she went to the police station to inquire about the investigation around 4 p.m. and was told the investigator had gone home. An officer said she could come back today at 9 a.m., but to call first.

Lambright says she is troubled because no officer has called or scheduled an interview.

Reached at his home at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Police Chief Byron Jones said he didn’t know all the details of the case and didn’t know why an investigator had not contacted the family. He said an investigator would call them Tuesday night.

At press time, no one had called the family, Lambright said.

Furthermore, Lambright also questions if the scene has even been investigated.

She said her daughter (Shawna’s mother) and son-in-law went to the bridge Tuesday afternoon and found EMS equipment still on the rocks under the bridge.

They even found Shawna’s ankle bracelet that they picked up and gave to Lambright.

“I wonder if any officer has been out there at all,” Lambright said.

Shawna’s grandmother said the young woman was in the process of getting her GED so she could join the military.

“I just want this to be a reminder to young people about the friends they choose and to try and live a good Christian life,”Lambright said.

As a teenager, Shawna was an avid softball player. She pitched for Team U.S.A. in Highlands that won a pair of state and national titles in 1999 and 2000, Lambright said.

A billboard at the Highlands Sports Complex still bears Shawna’s name, along with her teammates, for those accomplishments.

Visitation services for Lambright are scheduled on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sterling White Chapel in the Highlands. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Sterling White Chapel.

“A lot of unanswered questions remain,” Lambright said of her granddaughter’s death. “When we get through this funeral, we are going to get them answered.”


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