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Jessica Ann Faber, 18, remembered for enthusiasm for life, passion for performing arts

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Jessica Ann Faber

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Days after her death, friends and family say Jessica Ann Faber will be remembered for a contagious enthusiasm for life and her interest in photography, the performing arts and traveling.

Faber, a longtime Truckee resident, was killed in a head-on collision early Tuesday morning on Interstate 80 near Auburn. She was 18.

and#8220;She was a real sweetheart and#8212; her and her sister were two real neat girls,and#8221; said the Rev. Wayne Hoag, a pastor at Sierra Bible Church, where the family attended. and#8220;Our thoughts and prayers are with them.and#8221;

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, just east of Newcastle Road, when Christopher Dann, 21, of Auburn, drove westbound onto the eastbound lanes.

An initial call came in advising CHP that Dannand#8217;s 1999 Infiniti was traveling the wrong way through Auburn on I-80. Moments later, a report came in that his vehicle had collided head-on with Faberand#8217;s 2000 Hyundai, killing both drivers.

Jennifer Ward, a Truckee resident, said Faber was in Truckee Tahoe Youth Theater with Jessica growing up.

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and#8220;She was an amazing singer. She was a Christian and was very spirited and#8212; she always had a smile on her face,and#8221; Ward said. and#8220;This is a real big shock to all the kids in town that new her.and#8221;

Ron McKnight, Faberand#8217;s godfather, said he had known her family for a long time.

and#8220;She was like a daughter to me and a sister to my son,and#8221; McKnight said.

Faber was an avid artist and was attending Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif, where she studied photography.

Originally, CHP on Tuesday identified Faber as being from Truckee, but when CHP and the Placer County Coronerand#8217;s Office released her name on Wednesday, they said she was from Huntington Beach, Calif.

The Sierra Sun soon received numerous phone calls, e-mails and comments to its online coverage of the story from the community indicating Faber and her family did indeed live in Truckee for a number of years.

Faberand#8217;s passenger, Gregory J. Wessels, 23, of Fountain Valley, was initially taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major injuries and burns; he was later transferred to the UC Davis Medical Centerand#8217;s burn unit in Sacramento, Montijo said.

Visibility was down to a little more than 300 feet at the time due to the fog, according to the CHP accident report, but fog has been ruled out as a factor, reported Gus Thomson with the Auburn Journal.

A coronerand#8217;s exam and toxicology report are pending to see if alcohol or drugs were involved, CHP said. All three people involved were wearing their seat belts, according to the report.

and#8212; Sun News Service Reporter Dave Moller contributed to this report.

How you can help

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday January 6, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Grace Church 1220 Robb Drive Reno, NV. Donations can be made in Jessica Ann Faberand#8217;s name at Wells Fargo Bank in Truckee.