A one-year old girl is dead after the car she was riding in was rear-ended as her parents tried to pull over to make way for a funeral procession.
The accident happened Friday in Lincolnton, a small North Carolina town not far from Charlotte.
A spokesman for the Lincolnton police department said in a statement that William Karey Jones, 38, slammed into the back of the car 21-year-old Silas Hart was driving with his young daughter and mother inside.
Jaylah Hart was unresponsive at the scene and was flown to a nearby children’s hospital where she died.
Her family told WSOC-TV that Jaylah’s organs were donated, saving the lives of three children.
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Police say the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Jones.
On their GoFundMe page her parents posted a message saying, “God gained another beautiful angel. Our beautiful daughter Jaylah Kassidy Hart is now walking the streets of gold and hasn’t got a care in the world. Only god knows why she was called ‘home’ early. My wife Kathryn and I believe we know the reason. We believe she was put here to save other families from going through what we had to overcome. Giving other kids the chance to fulfill life to the fullest and enjoy all that life has to offer.”
The message goes on to say, “We appreciate all the calls, messages, and prayers along with everyone who came by to check on us. Just be with us at this time and keep us in your thoughts in our time of need.”