H-PASO ROBLES

Dec 20, 2013 8:42 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Community mourns death of Jana Carlson, mother of four children

Community members in Paso Robles mourn the loss of a mother, killed in a vehicle accident on Thursday evening in a parking lot of a winery. The California Highway Patrol said a 35-year old woman was hit and killed by a pick up truck driven by her husband. Friends told KSBY News on Friday that the woman is Jana Carlson of Paso Robles. Friends said she is a mother of four children.

CHP said Carlson and her husband, 38-year old Kenneth Carlson, were in the parking lot of Broken Earth Winery on Thursday after 4pm. Friends said Jana Carlson was a recent employee of the winery. Officers said the two were talking in front of Kenneth Carlson's Ford F350 truck before he got in and started driving forward. CHP said Kenneth Carlson didn't notice his wife was bent over in front of his truck while getting something off the ground. Officers said he hit her while driving between two to five miles per hour, and Jana Carlson was rushed to the hospital where she died. CHP told KSBY News on Friday that Carlson had suffered severe blunt force trauma to the back of the head and upper torso. Broken Earth Winery said on its Facebook page that it will be closed until Monday due to a tragedy.

The CHP said it is still investigating the case, but it doesn't suspect foul play. Officers will continue to interview witnesses and possibly obtain a surveillance video from the winery. Carlson's friends said on Friday that she had a strong and prosperous relationship with her husband, her children, and with God.

"Her faith was her foundation of her life," said Carlson family friend Katy Griffin.

Griffin, who is also the Pastor of Children, Family, and Mission at the Highlands Church where the Carlson's attended, said Jana Carlson exuded joy and patience. Griffin said Carlson's faith in God is what drove her in life.

She said, "She loved serving the church. She loved teaching in children's ministry."

Griffin said what brought Carlson the most happiness was being a mother to her four children.

"She was always there for every one of their events, took them to, you know, always doing the daily drop off at school, but more than just that, you know, being team mom or being, helping out her daughter in drama," said Griffin.

Friends call Thursday's incident a terrible accident, and said Carlson's husband, Kenneth "KC" Carlson, is distraught. KC Carlson posted on his Facebook page on Friday and said "The love we have for each other was one of a kind".

Griffin said, "The love between KC and Jana was that of newlyweds. I had just heard that they were going to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary coming up soon."

Highlands Church Lead Pastor Sean Martin said he and Griffin were with Carlson family at the hospital on Thursday night. Martin said he will continue to offer their prayers and support to the Carlson family.

"We will grieve, and we will come alongside and support Jana's family and everybody that loved her," said Martin.

Friends said Jana Carlson and her husband started a non-profit foundation called the Ian Carpenter Johnson Foundation to help people who struggle with drug addiction. Friends said that is how much Jana Carlson and her husband gave back to the community.

Friends have started a support group page on Facebook under "Help for the Carlson Family". There is also a memorial fund set up at all Chase bank branches under the Jana Carlson Memorial Fund.

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