The Short of It
In a story almost too sad to be true, a 1-year-old girl is killed when her parents' car is rear-ended after the family pulls over for a funeral procession.
The unthinkable accident took place in the small town of Lincolnton outside of Charlotte, N.C. William Karey Jones, 38, slammed his pickup truck into the back of the family's car, which had slowed down to about 30 mph to allow a funeral procession to pass, and was carrying dad Silas Hart, his daughter Jaylah, and her mom.
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Little Jaylah died two days after the crash at a nearby hospital. The family told local news station WSOC their baby girl's organs were donated and saved the lives of three children.
A police investigation is ongoing as authorities try to understand how this horrible accident happened and decide whether any charges will be filed.
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On a GoFundMe page set up for the family, a heartbreaking message reads, "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 familes [sic] from going through what we had to over come. [sic] Giving other kids the chance to fulfill life to the fullest and enjoy all that life has to offer."
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And that seems to be the only comfort these parents can find in what seems to be a senseless tragedy. Jaylah's organs will indeed save other families from having to endure the unimaginable pain of losing a child. We send our deepest condolences to the Harts.