The family of Shaina Herman, a 25-year-old Nevada City woman who was killed in a single-vehicle accident late Saturday night, is planning a celebration of her life Nov. 2.
While the details of the gathering are still being ironed out, it will be hosted from noon to 6 p.m. at The Stonehouse in Nevada City.
They also are putting together a memorial fund in her honor to support those in need in Nevada County.
Donations will not be used to cover funeral expenses, said Herman’s brother, Jarred Herman.
Instead, monies collected will be redistributed into the community, he said.
“We’ve been brainstorming ideas,” Jarred said Thursday, adding there were four issues that immediately came to mind that Shaina was passionate about — awareness of drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, underprivileged youth and animals.
“The idea is (the memorial fund) will become a long-term endeavor for my mom and myself,” he said.
The family has set up a website for the Shaina Marcelle Herman Memorial Fund, at http://shaina marcelleherman.com.
“Shaina was a pillar of her community, respected for her passion of ensuring everyone she came in contact with was treated with respect and compassion,” the website reads. “The Shaina Marcelle Herman Memorial Fund will provide support to these causes to ensure that Shaina’s light will continue to burn bright and illuminate the path for those in need to receive what is so deserved. Even the smallest amount can help ensure her passion and love continues to make a difference.”
Donations can be made via PayPal or can be mailed or dropped off to The Shaina Marcelle Herman Memorial Fund at El Dorado Savings Bank, 1751 East Main St., Grass Valley, CA, 95945.
The cause of the accident that killed Herman remains under investigation, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.
Herman was driving a Toyota 4Runner eastbound on Highway 20 east of Harmony Ridge just after 11 p.m. Oct. 19, when she went off the road for unknown reasons and slammed into a tree.
Firefighters found Herman unresponsive and trapped in the driver’s seat and used the Jaws of Life to reach her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
“There is nothing conclusive yet,” Tassone said Thursday. “An autopsy has been performed, but the preliminary findings are not back.”
Tassone said Herman’s vehicle sustained significant damage and an investigator will be examining it piece by piece.
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