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Family remembers teen mom killed in wreck

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A wreath of flowers outside this home serves as a reminder of 18-year-old Jessica Oliver's life. A life cut short on Georgia Highway 144 in Appling County.

"Around that time I was expecting her to come through the door," said Evelyn Roach, Jessica's mom. "But these two other men came in and told me she had been in an accident, and she didn't make it."

"Jessica died at the scene, it was instantaneous," said Phyllis Oliver-Jones, Jessica's Aunt.

Oliver-Jones was also the one asked to go to the crash site and identify Jessica's body.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. They did not return any of WTOC's phone calls. But the family said Jessica was killed in a head on collision involving three cars.

According to the family, her fiance, Angel Matera, 17, was flown to Memorial University Medical Center with damage to his legs, and severe injuries to his face. The couple's seven-month-old son, Carlos, also survived the wreck with a broken arm.

"The baby was in the car seat," said Oliver-Jones. "The base of the car seat threw the baby out of that and he landed in the back seat."

Now, what was once a happy family is heart broken. The 18 year old was set to graduate from high school this coming school year. Jessica's aunts brought precious belongings to the funeral home on Wednesday. Items like an angel, Jessica's engagement ring, and the last love note from her fiance, all to be placed inside her casket.

"It's been terrible," Oliver-Jones said. "This is extremely hard."

"It's just hard to believe she won't walk through that door," said Roach.

This is the second loss for Roach this year. Her son, Justin, Jessica's brother, died in a house fire this past January.

"It was just me, her and the baby," she said.

Now the family shares precious memories of the 18 year old.

"She was just the most jolly person you would ever meet. She was always happy," said Oliver-Jones.

They know Jessica's life won't be defined by the crash, but by the love she left behind.

Jessica Oliver's funeral will take place Thursday at the David E. Miles funeral home in Baxley. The service will start at 2 p.m.

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