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Marion County family celebrates the life rescued and remembers the life lost

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It was about 12:30 on Saturday morning when Lillie Williams was awakened by a phone call that she won't forget.

"I just remember getting real numb, and I couldn't fall back asleep," she said.

The call was from her sister, saying her sister-in-law Rosa Byse died in an accident earlier that night. Rosa ran her car into Marion Middle School in Buena Vista on Friday night. Witnesses say she was going well over the speed limit, something her family said she never did.

"She didn't like to drive fast," says Williams. "So if she was ever going over 60, she said ‘Whew, I better slow down.'"

Her grandson was in the passenger's seat and survived the accident. The 3-year-old suffered cuts and minor bruises and they consider it a miracle he survived.

Williams says the one thing she remembers most about Byse, was her kind heart.

"Some things that she would do and put up with, others probably wouldn't," Williams says. "But she did it, she had a big heart, she was a good hearted person."

The family says Byse had hypertension, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. Her family, as well as officials, believes a medical episode is what caused Byse to run her car off the road and into the school. Her family believes this because of her history as a cautious driver.

The initial autopsy reports reveal she died from blunt force trauma to the torso. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the coroner says it likely won't be determined until toxicology reports come back, which could take 4-8 weeks.

The funeral for Byse is set for Thursday at 11am. The location has not yet been finalized.

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