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Woman dies weeks after fiery car crash that killed daughter

October 22, 2011 |  1:28 pm

The mother of a 9-year-old girl who died in a fiery car crash on the 101 Freeway earlier this month has herself died from burns suffered in the accident.

Gilani Taylor, 27, an aspiring singer, died Friday afternoon, said Rosa Saca, spokeswoman for Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where Taylor had been treated.

On the morning of Oct. 1, Taylor and her daughter, Jayla, were traveling east on the freeway near Las Virgenes Road when a sports utility vehicle moved into the fast lane in front of her, California Highway Patrol and media reports said. Taylor reacted by swerving into the center divider and lost control of her car, which slid sideways through lanes of traffic, hit a big rig and burst into flames, according to CHP and media reports.

Her daughter was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Taylor was hospitalized with severe burns over 80% of her body.


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