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Family mourns victim of deadly Cedar Falls crash

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A family says goodbye to a loved one today, all while an investigation is revealing the story behind the crash that killed her.

The accident happened on Highway 57 near downtown Cedar Falls in the early morning hours of November 5th. Police say a car going over 100 mph slammed into another car, as both were heading west.

42-year-old Charles Brooks was later taken into custody on a warrant for a felony of serious injury by a car. He's accused of driving the speeding car that caused the crash, killing his cousin 38-year-old Cynthia Brooks. Charles' wife and 7-year-old daughter were also in the car at the time of the crash, they were both injured but later released from the hospital.

Cynthia's younger sister Stephanie was kind enough to invite KWWL inside her home, as family members shared memories of the 38-year-old.

Stephanie is in pain saying, "I talked to her (Cynthia) every single day, multiple times a day."

Cynthia is described as someone who loved life and loved her two daughters even more.

"She just loved them so much, she would do anything for them. It breaks my heart to see them hurting so bad," Stephanie says.

Two girls are now without their mother and Stephanie is without her sister, her best friend. Stephanie still has many questions, but she forgives Charles.

"I can't have any hate in my heart. He is family. I don't know what happened, but I can't carry that on my shoulders...I have to be strong," she says.

Stephanie started a GoFundMe page to help Cynthia's two daughters. If you are interested in helping, here is the link:

Everyone else from the crash, including the two people from the other car are recovering as the investigation continues. 

After the crash, Cedar Falls Police say Charles climbed a fence, attempting to jump into the river but police grabbed him. He's in the Black Hawk County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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