The 32-year-old nurse and mother of two was working extra shifts at St. Louis University Hospital, determined to buy holiday presents for her children. But as the hard-working mom was driving to work this past weekend, she was killed in a traffic crash.

Law enforcement officials said a pick-up truck slammed into her car, causing her vehicle to leave the road and crash into a guardrail. Police said they do not yet know what caused the pick-up to crash into the nurse’s vehicle and that their investigation continues.

The nurse “had already picked out a Christmas list for the children,” her sister-in-law said. “Her whole life was her kids; everything she did was for her kids.”

The young mom’s brother said the family has “learned a lot about grief through this whole process.” He added that his sister’s young son and daughter “are suffering the most of out all of this.”

A St. Louis Hospital spokesperson said she “was the epitome of a nurse, talented, knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated. She was kind-hearted and an advocate for her patients.”

The spokesperson added that she “will be dearly missed by all who knew her.”

We do not know what caused this tragedy, but we know for sure that many motor vehicle wrecks are the fault of impaired, distracted, speeding and otherwise negligent drivers. While no one can undo the horrific damage done, families who lose loved ones can fight for justice with the help of a St. Louis attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.