, Muskogee, OK

December 8, 2012

Relatives mourn mom killed in crash

By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Muskogee mother who died Wednesday in a rollover wreck is remembered as a fun-loving, devoted mother.

Tiffany Borovetz, 30, died when the Suburban she was driving veered off the road and rolled six times. Her three children were among the passengers who were seriously injured.

Borovetz’ cousin, Alana Justice, speaking for the family, said everyone is struggling.

“It’s very difficult for our family as a whole,” Justice said. “Tiffany’s so young, and she didn’t have enough time.”

Justice described Borovetz as a “fun person” who was “always full of life.”

“She was a wonderful mother. Her children were her world,” Justice said. “She lived for her kids. That was her main thing in life. And she was very outgoing and social. There are so many friends she has that have showed up to support our family.”

Justice remembers her cousin fondly.

“We grew up together. We had so much fun,” she said. “When we were little, we lived across the street from each other.”

The family’s focus is now on Borovetz’ children: Jordan, 13, Dylan, 9, and Christopher, known as “C.J.,” 7.

All three are in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

“Jordan is doing OK. He’s been in pain, but he’s doing all right,” Justice said. “I spent all day at the hospital yesterday. Dylan was medicated and sleeping, but he’ll be fine also.”

But the family is waiting anxiously to see how C.J. recovers.

“C.J. is the worst right now,” Justice said. “He’s on life support, so it’s very difficult.”

The children’s maternal grandmother, Linda Borovetz, is staying at the hospital around the clock, moving from room to room, Justice said.

“Her grandkids are her heartbeat,” she said.

Borovetz issued a statement through Justice on Friday.

“The loss of my beautiful daughter is tragic. I am grateful that my grandchildren are still with me. She was a wonderful and caring mother. She will be missed so much. Our lives will never be the same without her bright smile and loving personality,” the statement said.

The wreck, which happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday on the Muskogee Turnpike, also injured two other passengers in Borovetz’ SUV.

Quentin Chaplin, 23, was ejected and sent to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report on the accident.

Clara Chaplin, 42, was sent to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa with serious injuries, according to the report.

St. John Medical Center said Clara Chaplin was no longer a patient there Thursday.

A St. Francis Hospital spokeswoman would not release the condition of the children Friday. She said Quentin Chaplin was stable, but she would not release his condition.

Funeral services are pending for Tiffany Borovetz at Biglow Funeral Directors.

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