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Family holds vigil for victim of Christmas Eve accident

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Loved ones say Jantwnette Smith, 26, has always made a point of making the right choices in her life. Loved ones say Jantwnette Smith, 26, has always made a point of making the right choices in her life.
A line of cars filed into the Trezvant High School parking lot Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in Smith's honor. A line of cars filed into the Trezvant High School parking lot Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in Smith's honor.
Loved ones held candles and balloons with smiley faces during a moment of silence for Smith. Loved ones held candles and balloons with smiley faces during a moment of silence for Smith.
Kapri Carter says the one thing she'll miss most about her friend is her smile. Kapri Carter says the one thing she'll miss most about her friend is her smile.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – The family of a young Memphis woman, killed by a suspected drunk driver, has a message for the community as New Year's Eve approaches.

Loved ones say Jantwnette Smith, 26, has always made a point of making the right choices in her life.   But it seems the choice someone else made may have caused the Frayser woman's death.

Kapri Carter says there's one thing she'll miss most about her friend Jantwnette Smith.

"Her smile, her smile," Carter said.

A line of cars filed into the Trezvant High School parking lot Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in Smith's honor.

Smith died Christmas Eve, after police say Benjamin Sargent drove the wrong way on I-40.  His Ford F-150 slammed head-on into Smith's car, causing the car to flip

Police smelled a strong odor of alcohol in Sargent's pickup.

"With another holiday coming up, we just want to bring awareness and share respect to those who lost their lives and to make people think before you pick up those keys," Carter said.  "Think about the other lives you may be putting in danger," she added.

Loved ones held candles and balloons with smiley faces during a moment of silence, presented Smith's brother with an angel, read a poem, and released 26 balloons - one for each year of Smith's life.

Smith was president of her Trezvant High senior class, graduated from University of Memphis, and was a Shelby County Correctional Center counselor, working her way towards a law degree.

"She had a real future for her," said Carter.

Sargent was ticketed for DUI, Reckless Driving and Public Intoxication.  He will not be charged with vehicular homicide unless the toxicology test comes back positive.

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