Lindsey Schmidt, 29, and her husband, Edward, were raising their 6-year-old, 4-year-old, and 1-year-old in Beecher, Illinois. Their family was growing once again as Lindsey was pregnant.
She signed her sons up for vacation Bible school. It was a Monday morning when she buckled the children into their seats of her 2014 Subaru Outback.
As she drove them to the Bible school, a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup missed the stop sign. It crashed into the driver’s side of Schmidt’s vehicle.
The Subaru got pushed off the road. It ended up in a totaled heap in a field.
A 25-year-old man was driving the truck. He sustained minor injuries that required surgery.
Tragically, Schmidt, 1-year-old Caleb, and the unborn baby died instantly. Weston, 4, and Owen, 6, were on life support at Comer’s Children Hospital.
Weston and Owen both later died at the hospital. The grieving husband and father had to face the fact that he would have to bury his wife and all of his children.
It’s difficult to determine what could distract someone so completely that they would barrel through a stop sign and cause such a catastrophic accident. There is one prevalent theory that probably jumps to everyone’s mind.
We all know how texting and driving can be incredibly distracting, but that has not been proven to be the cause of the accident. While a traffic citation was originally issued to the driver of the truck, it was later dismissed.
No one seems to know exactly what caused this terrible accident, but investigations are continuing. Authorities are looking for any possible clues that will lead them to an answer so that the grieving family can get some answers.
The close-knit community of Beecher has been heartbroken over such a devastating loss. Services were held for the mother and her children, and the community continues to wait to hear why this even happened in the first place. Please, please remember to be careful when driving: paying attention to your surroundings could just save someone’s life.