Wrong-Way Car Crash Into Minivan, Killing Mom of 5

By Karen Araiza
|  Monday, Sep 30, 2013  |  Updated 12:47 AM EDT
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Friends and family are mourning the loss of Alesha Taylor who died in a wrong-way crash on Roosevelt Boulevard. NBC10's Na'eem Douglas has the story.

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Friends and family are mourning the loss of Alesha Taylor who died in a wrong-way crash on Roosevelt Boulevard. NBC10's Na'eem Douglas has the story.

A woman driving the wrong way on Roosevelt Boulevard overnight slammed head-on into a family's minivan overnight, killing a mother of five, according to police.

Four other people were hurt in the accident, including the woman's three-year-old daughter. .

Police with Philadelphia's accident investigation unit say Alesha Taylor, 36, and her daughter were both passengers in the van, driven by her husband.

Taylor died in the hospital about an hour after the accident. She suffered a laceration on her liver, head trauma and a broken leg.

Her daughter and husband were treated for minor injuries.

"She was the best. She was just the best and I'm not just saying that because she's my sister," said Stacey Smith. "You'll never find someone more loving than her."

The 23-year-old driver of the car that was traveling the wrong way on The Boulevard, suffered a dislocated hip. Her passenger, a 24-year-old woman, was being treated for a broken pelvis. Both are in stable condition.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. near Cottman Avenue.

Family says that Taylor was studying to be a nurse. She leaves behind five children under the age of 12.

"He [the victim's husband] now has to take care of these kids by himself. How he's going to do that, I don't know," said family friend Shawn Morgan. "It's heartbreaking."

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