Crash victims' families appeal for help

Glen Burnie accident left four dead

GLEN BURNIE, Md. - The pictures provided by her family show the special relationship between Brittney Ziegler and her three-year old god daughter, Lilly Gross.

"Lilly was her god daughter," said Mark Ziegler, Brittney's uncle, "Lilly's mother, Megan, was her best friend.  In fact, she lived with them for a while, and that's probably why most of the time they were together."

The two perished together Sunday afternoon in Glen Burnie when a northbound car struck their vehicle head-on while speeding Down Marley Neck Boulevard.

Brittney had planned on serving as a bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding in a few months, but now Ashley Ziegler has traveled here from Virginia Beach to help plan her funeral.

"I don't understand why someone had to go flying down that road doing, what I've heard, was over 90 miles per hour and crossing over a double line," said Ashley Ziegler, "I heard that he was actually at a car show.  He was driving recklessly through the car show and was kicked out of the car show before he went up Marley Neck Boulevard."

Less than 48 hours after the crash, Brittney and Lilly's families are torn between their grief and the unexpected challenge of paying for their funerals.

After all, they never dreamed they'd need life insurance on a 21-year old, much less a little girl who was just three.

"My sister's got nothing.  Really nothing," said Mark Ziegler, "She lost her job.  There was just Brittney and my oldest niece kicking in on the house to keep the house afloat.  Now they got one income going."

With nowhere to turn, the families are asking the public for help.

"The fund we established is actually for both Lilly and Brittney to help out with funeral costs... to help out with paying for Brittney's headstone," said Ashley, "Both of them will be together for the viewing.  Also, they will be buried next to each other.  If anybody wants to, they can contribute.  Every little bit helps.  Even if you want to leave a message on there for our family, that would help as well."

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