[UPDATE Wednesday] For Liz and Her Two Girls: A Fundraiser for the Funeral Expenses of the Mother and Two Children Who Are Believed Dead After a Crash into the Klamath River
“She lost control of her car due to the horrible weather conditions and her car went down a 500 foot embankment,” wrote Carolyn Palmer, Elizabeth’s sister, on a GoFundMe page that is trying to raise money to pay for the funeral expenses of her nieces and her sister. “Her husband was sucked from the vehicle..He tried to save his family but as he was unbuckling Little Liz the car was swept away by the river.”
Unable to locate the vehicle, Mr. Chavez clawed his way up the steep slope. He flagged down a Caltrans worker and they called for help.
Though searchers tried to find the car that night, the rescue was hindered by a slide near the accident scene almost completely swallowing the road. In addition, snow combined with the cold and the dark added to the complications.
The high flows of the Klamath River had continued to hamper efforts. “No search and rescue team is willing to go,” Palmer said. “The road….has completely slid away. They shut down the 96. They can’t get a boat through the area. The helicopter won’t come.”
Palmer said she is sure her sister and nieces are still in the vehicle and didn’t escape. “The kids were in their carseats,” she said. “My sister had her seatbelt on. [Rescue personnel] searched the bank to see if anyone got ejected [but found no one.]”
“There was no alcohol and no foul play,” Palmer said. “It was just a tragedy…Liz and her husband were artists…They were excellent parents. They loved their children. ”
She and her family wait for searchers to be able to check the river closely but falling rain means that the water is unlikely to drop soon. “They said they will keep us updated,” she said.
Meanwhile, she wants to give the girls and her sister, Liz, a funeral. “I googled and it will cost between 5,000 to 8,000 dollars per person,” she said in a small, shocked voice. “I didn’t know it would cost so much.”
Then, she said, the family wants to get a cemetery plot. “We want to have a place where we can go visit them,” she said softly.
If you can help, please go to the family’s GoFundMe Page for more information.
UPDATE Wednesday: The vehicle has been located. Click here for more: Diver and Orleans VFD Located Vehicle That Carried Mother and Daughters Into the Klamath River
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