Emma Nutter, eighteen, and her mom Rebecca Haselmann, fifty, were on their way to Bosie State University to move the new student into her dorm when their car was struck by a semi-truck - tragically killing them both.
The pair were driving on Highway ninety-five in Malheur County, Oregon earlier this week when their van collided with a semi-truck pulling a loaded cargo trailer. The driver of the truck was twenty-two-year-old Eric Murwanashyaka, who had been traveling southbound when he crossed into the northbound lane.
Both Emma and Rebecca were pronounced dead at the scene with Murwanashyaka being rushed to the hospital to deal with injuries sustained in the accident.
Her family wrote in a GoFundMe campaign, describing Emma as an "outstanding and vibrant friend, sister, cousin, niece, and overall amazing person."
The page goes on to describe the young girl and her mom: "She lived each day to the fullest and touched so many people's hearts. Rebecca Haslemann was a teacher, friend, mother, aunt, and wife. She treated every student and friend as if they were her own child."
"Both Emma and Rebecca always had positive attitudes, bright smiles, and an unforgettable, courageous laugh. They will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have felt the warmth of their personalities," it finished.
The fundraiser is being organized by Gabriel Bumanlag and 4 others, created only 1 day ago with almost $50,000 raised so far.
And in a statement on Monday, Boise State University wrote: "Bosie State is saddened by the tragic loss of first year student Emma Nutter, and her mother Rebecca Haselmann, who died in a vehicle collision while traveling to Boise for school. We are grateful to the first responders in Malheur County, Oregon, who responded to the accident."
We are truly sorry for the tragic loss of Emma and Rebecca, who stole the hearts of their family and will forever live on in their memory.
Rest in Peace.