*As doctors race to save the life of aspiring Belizean-American singer Gilani Taylor, funeral services are being planned for her 9-year-old daughter Jayla.
Gilani and Jayla were victims of an accident that occurred at approximately 8:30am on Saturday, October 1st, on the 101 freeway in the City of Calabasas (in Southern California). The public is being asked for help with information leading to the identification of the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle that may have caused the accident that took the little girls’ life and left her mother hospitalized with burns on over 95-percent of her body.
At first it was believed Taylor had lost control of her vehicle, slammed into a center divider, and clipped a fuel tanker before her car turned over multiple times along the freeway and ignited into flames. But California Highway Patrol officials later told ABC7 that a “new witness came forward Monday, saying a white SUV swerved and possibly caused the collision.” The white SUV, an “early 2000s” model, was last seen heading east on the 101 Freeway under the La Virgenes Road overpass.
Taylor and her daughter, Jayla, were said to be headed to a church function in Van Nuys. Upon seeing the accident good Samaritans were quick to respond; taking off their shirts while they rushed to the mother who, engulfed in flames, crawled from her burning 1995 Chrysler. The men grabbed her under the arms and dragged her from the second to fourth lanes where they successfully smothered the flames. “She’s rolling in pain, on fire, and her skin is falling off,” one witness said. I was shocked at first. I thought it was a horror movie.’”
Little Jayla never made it out of the burning car.
In working to reconstruct the damage to Gilani Taylor; USC Burn Center Director, Warren Garner, MD, told reporters, “When only 5-percent of you is undamaged, that’s a very small amount of normal skin to use to resurface [a] whole body.” But while doctor’s show little optimism about Gilani’s recovery, the Taylor family is holding on to their strong faith and the prayers of a loving public to bring her through. They feel a miracle will happen. That Gilani will walk away from this tragedy with the help of the only undamaged part of her body: her feet.
Husband Rodney Taylor told reporters outside of the USC Burn Center:
“I know where my daughter is. She’s blessed, she’s saved, she’s with God. She is safe. We’re trying to bring my wife back and I am asking for your prayers.”
The up and coming R&B singer had just independently released her single and video titled “I know” when the tragedy happened. Gilani is also mother to a 4-year old daughter. A host of family and friends desperately await her recovery.
The site, www.jaylataylor.com, has been set up to accept donations. With hospital bills that are sure to be astronomical, and burial costs for 9-year-old Jayla, the family will need a lot of support. You can also go to itunes and download Gilani Taylor’s single, “I know.”
All monies donated will go directly to the family.
Finally, a memorial service and press conference will be held Wednesday morning, October 12, at In His Presence Church located in Woodland Hills, CA at 10:30am in honor of 9-year-old, Jayla Taylor.