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Peoria grandmother of 15 dies in car crash with fiancé, trying to avoid hitting a cow

The accident happened in Kansas. Family said she was on assignment as a traveling nursing assistant.
Credit: Kayleen Goodman

PEORIA, Ariz. — A bizarre accident left a Peoria grandmother of 15 and her fiancé dead while they were on a road trip out-of-state.

Officials in Kansas said the couple swerved their car to avoid hitting a cow crossing the road, and then crashed.

"It's hard to believe like it's such a freak accident, it's just surreal," Kayleen Goodman said. Her mom is one of the victims. "It could've happened to anyone."

Goodman said her mom, 54-year-old Brenda Carrasco was a traveling Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) going to an assignment in Nebraska. 

But in Kansas, Carrasco and her 45-year-old fiancé Raymond Kennedy of Glendale got in the accident because a cow was in the middle of US-40.  

Logan County officials said their Jeep rolled over around 3:30 a.m. Monday and they were both pronounced dead on scene. 

"She was an amazing person and she always thought about everyone else over herself and her kids and her grandkids were her life," Goodman explained.

Goodman said Carrasco's 15 grandkids also thought of Kennedy as their grandfather. After all, the two were set to be married soon. 

"They actually had plans to get married in December at my house," Goodman said. "The kids are having a hard time, they loved 'Ray' too just like a grandpa. They lost two instead of one so its been difficult."

The family set up a GoFundMe to cover some unexpected expenses, after their unexpected loss. 

"She loved butterflies so now when we see a butterfly we’ll think of her." 

Credit: Kayleen Goodman