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Four-year-old killed when tractor-trailer slams into SUV

Her life was very short and very happy, grief-stricken family members say. Just four years old, her life ended in a truck accident a few days ago when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of the SUV the little girl was riding in.

She was in a child-restraint safety seat at the time of the crash far from us in La Crosse.

The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, accident was in the northbound lane of a highway. A tractor-trailer approached an intersection in the early afternoon and rammed the SUV from behind. The SUV was knocked forward into a minivan.

Four other people were injured in the crash, including a young boy in the SUV with the little girl who was killed.

At her funeral attended by over 100 people, family, friends and members of the community wept over the tragic loss of young life.

A media report on the funeral said family members declined to speak with with the press, but a close family friend said the family was heartbroken.

They had previously lost one of the little girl's older brothers, according to the report.

She was survived by a twin sister, an older sister and two older brothers, as well as her parents.

The community has already held several fundraisers for the distraught family.

One of the organizers said the loss of a young child "affects everybody."

Family members are undoubtedly grateful for the emotional and financial support in their trying time.

One report said it might take several weeks for authorities to decide whether to charge the truck driver in the fatal accident. The accident is currently under investigation.

Source: "Family and friends remember 4 year old Jada," Lindsey Theis, April 11, 2012

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