Authorities Identify Mother, Child Killed in High-Speed Highway Crash

Jillian Sedivec, 28, and her daughter, 4-year-old Savanah Wilson, died when the SUV they were traveling in drove into a big rig

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    The California Highway Patrol have identified the mother and daughter killed in a crash Tuesday on Interstate 5 as Jillian Sedivec, 28, and Savannah Wilson, 4. NBC 7’s Lauren Lee has the latest on the investigation. (Published Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013)

    An online memorial fund has been established for a mother and child killed in a fatal collision on Interstate 5 in San Diego County.

    Jillian Sedivec, 28, and her daughter, 4-year-old Savanah Wilson, died when the SUV they were traveling in drove into a big rig on northbound I-5 Tuesday morning.

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    The California Highway Patrol released the names of the victims Wednesday and confirmed that it appears the driver of the SUV did not apply the brakes in the collision.

    The grocery store truck was stopped in a line of other trucks at the San Onofre Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility near the I-5 checkpoint and scales around 9:20 a.m.

    Several witnesses also told CHP investigators that the SUV did not swerve to avoid the collision.

    The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but officials do not suspect alcohol as a factor.

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    CHP investigators believe it could take several months to complete their investigation into what happened in the moments leading up to the deadly crash.

    Officials said the driver of the big rig was not injured in the collision.

    The memorial fund for the mother and daughter was set up Thursday. By Monday night, the website had collected nearly $15,000 for the family. The page also revealed Sedivec leaves behind another daughter, an 8-year-old named Cydney.

    The following message about Sedivec and her daughter was also posted to the fundraiser account:

    “One December 10th, 2013 Jillian a single mother and her 4-year-old daughter Savanah were involved in a horrible and fatal traffic accident north of Oceanside, California. The fund is for Jillian’s surviving 8-year-old daughter Cydney and to help with the funeral and memorial expenses. The entire family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers as they endure this difficult time.”

    Meanwhile, family members have planned a memorial service to honor the mother and daughter. The service is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente.

    Ed. Note: CHP officials initially provided an incorrect spelling of the mother's last name. The spelling has been corrected. We regret the error.

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