Jennifer Moss Chandler, left, died in a car crash Sunday morning. Her twin sister Heather, right, passed away in June. An online fundraiser is collecting money to help their family deal with final expenses. (Special photo)
LAWRENCEVILLE — For the second time in six months, the Chandlers are burying a daughter.
Jennifer Chandler Moss, 26, was killed in a single-car crash Sunday morning after the vehicle driven by her husband — who has been charged in the incident — flipped, rolled over and hit a tree. Her death followed that of her twin sister, Heather Lynn Chandler, who passed away in June.
In addition to their grief, the surviving family is now facing a large financial burden. Friends are trying to help ease that load.
“I absolutely love their family,” said Cristin Trammell, who went to Grayson High School with the sisters and once shared an apartment with Heather. ” … I just feel like they’ve given to so many people, that if this is all that I can do, I’ll do it.”
Along with family friends Valerie Martin and Paul Simons, Trammell recently started an online fundraiser to help the Chandlers cover final expenses. Found by searching “Chandlers Angels” on the site GiveForward.com, the effort had already raised more than $3,200 as of Tuesday afternoon. All of the proceeds go directly to the family.
Trammell said she’s heard from Jessica, the twins’ younger sister, since starting the fundraiser and that she “can’t believe how many people care.”
“Obviously they’re all heartbroken and they’re all numb,” Trammell said. “They’re just all shocked.”
Donations can also be made to the Jennifer Moss Memorial Fund at Brand Bank. Deposits can be made in person, transferred between accounts or mailed to two branches: Brand Bank, P.O. Box 1110, Lawrenceville, Ga., 30046 or Brand Bank, 2011 Grayson Highway, Grayson, Ga., 30017.
According to a Gwinnett County police report, Jennifer’s husband, Michael Moss, was driving east on Hiram Davis Road at about 2 a.m. Sunday when he lost control “while attempting to negotiate a curve.” The vehicle rolled multiple times before striking a tree roof-first.
Michael Moss was ejected but sustained only minor injuries. His wife, however, was trapped inside the vehicle and passed away at the scene.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said, and Michael Moss has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide. Trammell said she believed the couple was at a friend’s house prior to the crash.
Jennifer Chandler Moss was an operations manager at ABC Rent-A-Car in Lawrenceville. Memorial services will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, located at 300 Simonton Road in Lawrenceville.
The details surrounding Heather Chandler’s death on June 3 were unclear. Trammell said there were “still so many questions” but she believed her former roommate had been found passed out at a friend’s house.
She was a student at Georgia Gwinnett College and aspired to be a special education teacher.