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By Jeff Pack

Fundraiser underway for family of Murrieta woman killed in Temecula I-15 crash


Last updated 6/6/2019 at 2:34pm

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Janet Genao was killed Tuesday, June 4 in a multiple car crash that authorities said was caused by a 25 year old man from Washington who has been charged with being under the influence and driving without a license.

MURRIETA - Friends and colleagues of 44-year-old Janet Genao of Murrieta have established a GoFundMe fundraising account to help Genao's husband and daughter with expenses associated with her death on Tuesday, June 4 in a six-car accident on southbound Interstate 15 involving a driver suspected of being under the influence.

Genao was killed after Javier Caldera, 25, the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, slammed at a high rate of speed into the back of her 2015 Nissan Altima. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Caldera was charged on Thursday, June 6 with second-degree murder as well as including driving under the influence of a drug with sentencing enhancements of causing great bodily injury. He faces life in prison.

Genao was an accountant at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad and was on her way to work at the time of the crash.

In associated reports by other news agencies, Genao was "well-known and respected" at GIA. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Murrieta from Florida.

As of Thursday, June 6, Mike Koyle's fundraiser, titled "Support the Janet Genao Family," had raised more than $16,000. The fundraiser has a goal of raising a total of $40,000.

"Janet was compassionate, caring, genuine, and friendly," Koyle wrote on the fundraiser page. "We will miss her dearly. She was a dedicated wife and mother. ... Those that were around her could always feel her passion for life and friendship. Please donate to help cover any expenses that may arise from this tragedy. All proceeds will go to her husband and daughter."

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Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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