Two-year-old survives crash that killed parents with little more than a scratch

Family says child is a miracle
Posted at 6:29 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 20:29:59-04

LONGMONT, Colo. - A husband and wife, both teachers, were killed in a rollover on I-25 near Loveland Friday night.

But their 2-year-old daughter survived the crash with just a few bruises and a scratch on her hand.

Jared and Genevieve Sommervold were on their way home from dinner when their Lexus SUV swerved, overcorrected and rolled.

The families of both Jared and Gen say 2-year-old Aurelia’s survival is a miracle.

"When I look at her, I see her little freckles like my sister. I see my sister," said Kathryn Arnold, Gen’s sister.

"There's things that you see in her that are from both of them," said Travis Sommervold, Jared’s brother.

"She just had a few tiny little bruises and one little scratch,” Arnold said of Aurelia’s injuries from the crash. “Her guardian angel was flying real close."

Despite busy lives, Arnold says she and her sister talked often, including the day Gen died.

"She was shopping for Halloween costumes for her daughter. That little conversation, I just wish I could have told her how much she meant to me -- how much I appreciated her," Arnold said.

Jared's brothers, Travis and Brent, say they - just like police - aren't sure what happened that night, and don't want to speculate.           

They say both Jared and Gen were very smart and dedicated their lives to teaching.

"Jared did it wholeheartedly,” Travis said. “He was 100 percent in on everything he did."

“They were both so smart,” Brent said. “And I see that in Aurelia. She was dripping wet the other day and she was walking, leaving water behind and I said, ‘Look, you’re making marks.’ And she said, ‘It’s my footprint.’ She’s just smart.”

"I'm sad that she's going to grow up without parents, but we have a wonderful family," Travis said. “And I look forward to every day that I get with her because she's awesome. She's a blessing."

"She's just so special,” Brent said. “I see her living the happiest life. And I see her doing great things because Jared and Gen were so smart.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe account for Aurelia.

Also, the family knows Jared and Gen were working on a will with a friend, but they’ve been unable to locate the will or the friend working on it. If you have any information about that, they ask that you contact the family.


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