ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Family members of a 3-year-old girl who was killed in a crash say they still trying to process her sudden death.
The crash that claimed the life of Ema Gutierez occurred Sunday afternoon in Rowan County.
Gutierez’s uncle Roberto Mendoza said her mother was driving to the river when she lost control of her car causing it to flip three times along White Road near Highway 150.
Mendoza said she was in a child safety seat but died from her injuries. Three other people were also injured in the crash but they are all recovering.
“It was terrible. When I got the call it was like are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?” Mendoza told Channel 9.’
Mendoza said Gutierez and her mother had just moved to North Carolina from Honduras five months ago for one main reason.
“She wanted a better life for herself and for the baby,” Mendoza explained.
Now, Gutierez’s mother and other family members are trying to figure out how they will pay the $15,000 for the funeral.
Family members said they are paying they’ll get the help they need, as well as the answers they are desperately looking for.
“Trying to understand god, why? When you see the baby, you dream that you’re gonna see her married and graduate from school. I mean living in a wonderful country, living a different life,” Mendoza said.
A GoFundMe has been created to help the family of the 3-year-old. Click here to donate.
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