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Tiffany Swift, Orphaned After Family’s Car Hit

Tiffany Swift has lost her entire family after they were in a car crash outside their own home, ABC 15 reports.

Tiffany Swift

The Swift family, from Buckeye Valley, Ariz., was waiting to turn left into their driveway when a Dodge Durango struck their sedan last Saturday, according to AZ Central. The Swifts’ car caught fire, trapping the family inside.

A roadside memorial with crosses, balloons, flowers, candles and stuffed animals marks the site of the crash on Maricopa County 85 east of Airport Road that took the lives of Jerry Swift, 33; his wife, Seline, 34; their son, Jerry Swift Jr., 13; and Jerry Swift Sr.’s uncle Roger Keasling, 50. Jerry and Seline’s daughter, 16-year-old Tiffany Swift, was not in the car.

The SUV’s driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has been released, according to the news outlet. The crash is still under investigation.

Relatives who live on the property next to the crash site said the family was returning home from Buckeye and waiting to turn left onto their driveway when they were struck.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman couldn’t confirm the identities of the four people who died in the crash until the county Medical Examiner’s Office completed its report.

“Because of the condition of the bodies, based on the car fire, it (makes it) very hard to identify anyone,” Sgt. Brandon Jones said Tuesday. “We have no way of knowing who these people were without the medical examiner’s identification report.”

The elder Jerry Swift’s cousin Jessie Owens said the couple’s daughter, Tiffany, is doing “very well, considering.”

The rest of the family is now grappling with the challenge of paying for the funerals. They’ll also take Tiffany under their wings.

Jerry and Seline were high school sweethearts and had been married for 17 years, according to AZ Central. The property they lived on had been home to multiple generations of their family.

“Take every opportunity you can to tell people you love them because life can change in a matter of a second,” Owens said. “Don’t waste any time.”

Owens told AZ Central the Swifts’ kids “meant the world to them.” She said Jerry Jr. “was a ray of light when he’d walk into the room,” was humorous and “loved everything his dad did,” living up to his nickname of “Junior.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

An account has been set up at Chase Banks under the name Hope Hamel. The account number is: 3034119692.

The community is also holding a number of local fundraisers.


Source: Tiffany Swift, Arizona Teen, Orphaned After Family’s Car Hit While Waiting To Turn Into Driveway (HOW YOU CAN HELP) | HuffPost