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Whittier family mourns loss of sister in highway crash

By Lauren Maxwell 7:59 PM March 19, 2014

Roadside memorial goes up near Potter Marsh

ANCHORAGE – A family is mourning the loss of their loved one after a fatal crash on the Seward Highway near Potter Marsh Tuesday evening.

The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Carol Iosefa of Whittier.

Iosefa didn’t have children of her own, but she came from a family with 13. On Wednesday afternoon, several of her siblings brought flowers to the spot where she died.

“I am going to miss my sister so much every day, I just can’t believe that she’s gone,” said Faleata Maae, Iosefa’s oldest sister.

Like several of her family members, Iosefa worked in the Whittier Tunnel. She was also a volunteer firefighter in Whittier. She lost her life when her Honda Civic collided with a semi-truck around 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Investigators haven’t said what caused the crash, but her sister said she never trusted Iosefa’s little car.

“I told her so many times to take that car in,” she said. “We don’t need cars like this in Alaska. She was driving on ice all the time and I was always scared for her. Now it’s happened and there’s nothing I can do. “

The family said Iosefa was supposed to get married next month; now they are planning her funeral. Arrangements are being made through Witzleben Funeral Home in Anchorage.

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