Family Devastated by Mom, Tot Killed in Crash

By Artie Ojeda
|  Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 10:25 PM PDT
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Double Fatal Accident Backs Up Traffic for Miles

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Investigation Underway in Double Fatal Crash

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.

Double Fatal Accident Backs Up Traffic for Miles

A woman and her 4-year-old daughter were killed after hitting a semi-truck at full speed. The accident happened Tuesday morning on northbound Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton. The crash backed up traffic for at least 25 miles. NBC 7’s Wendy Fry has the latest.
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Family members say a mother and daughter killed in violent crash last Friday were inseparable.

“I’m almost glad that they’re together because they were like Velcro to each other,” said the victim’s sister Lauren Sedivec. “I don’t know if they could have lived without each other. I know that’s a weird silver lining.”

Jillian Sedivec, 28, and her 4-year-old daughter Savanah died instantly when their SUV slammed into a semi-truck on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton.

On Monday, Jillian’s family said they have no explanation as to what may have caused the accident. Investigators said the SUV was traveling at freeway speeds and did not break before hitting the big rig.

The reason for their car trip is even more tragic.

According to the victim’s family, Jillian was taking Savanah to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Savanah was born with a neurological disorder known as Neurofibromatosis. They say one of Jillian’s passions in life was to get the best possible treatment for her daughter.

Jillian also has an 8-year old daughter, Cydney, who is now living with her grandmother.

“I really don’t know how I feel,” Jillian’s father Jeff Sedivec said. “It’s such a sudden shock to have somebody that you love so much to be suddenly just wiped away and gone and turned into nothing more than a memory.”

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday in San Clemente, where Jillian’s mother lived. The family has also set up a fund to help with funeral costs and Cydney’s future education. As of Monday night, nearly $15,000 had been donated to the fund.

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