Funeral held for 20-year-old Fil-Am victim of a car crash

by Connie Macatula-De Leon, ABS-CBN News

“I love you mom. Have a safe trip. Call me when you get to the Philippines.”

This was the last conversation Sheila Salvador had with her 20-year old daughter, Samantha Salvador, or Sam, who died in a two-car crash in Indiana last month.

Reports say that the driver of the Honda Civic in which Salvador was a passenger, struck a concrete median while attempting to turn left from northbound I-65 to US-20.

The Honda Civic was sent airborne and struck a beige Chevrolet Malibu heading south on I-65.

“Sam, you know that we love you so much. But we know that you love us more,” said Sam’s father, John Salvador. “We know that you are in a safe place now, looking over us and telling us how beautiful life is.”

A second-year nursing student in Valparaiso University, Samantha only had two goals in life.

“I want to help people and I want to be happy, [she said],” said John. “She did it in her short  20 years here on earth. And I am so happy for her that she fulfilled her mission.”

One of Sam’s best friends says Sam was a life coach, a motivator, a people person. And she loved to travel.

 “She was the one person who really inspired me to be a better person in everything,” said Sarah Kozlowski, Sam’s best friend. 

 “They have this school trip, to go to China, for about 2 weeks, she was so excited. She said, ‘Dad, I’m so excited.’ She was the last one I spoke with before that happened.”

“But what better way to travel the world than to look down, and see everybody and everything,” said Cassy Salvador, Sam’s sister.

The GoFundMe page launched by Sam’s friends already has over $20,000 in donations, far exceeding its original goal of $4,000. To pay respects and donations, please visit:

The funeral service today for Sam was attended by her family, relatives, friends, and people in the community who she had touched.  


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