Kaylin Ross was in the car with her mom, 39-year-old Karen Treadwell, last Monday at the time of the accident. Police say Treadwell went off the road on Canyon Street near Mack Ave and hit a tree.
They say neither Karen or Kaylin were wearing seat belts.
For family members like Fae Greene, Karen's niece, they can't believe this is how Karen's life ended.
"The way it happened, that's what hurts the most," says Greene. "The last thing she told her sister, which is my mother, is that she loved her."
The medical examiner calls her death accidental, but her family says her epilepsy caused Treadwell's foot to stay on the gas, instead of the brake.
"We know that she did have a seizure and that's what took her life," Greene says. "When you stiffen up, you have no control over your body and, depending on what type of seizures you do have, you're not conscious."
Seven days after, Kaylin is still lying in bed with broken bones. She has a fractured skull and internal injuries and is still in a coma. But her family says she's fighting and still hanging on.
Karen's father, Oscar, remembers her as a loving nurse with a bubbly personality who loved life. This family says with no life insurance, they're struggling to give her a proper burial.
"I ask God every day to give me her. She loved Jesus. She used to pray to him all the time. Now she's gone and she can't speak for herself."
They're only hope now: that little Kaylin will open her eyes.
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