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.
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.
He also had to grieve knowing the likely cause of the accident. The driver who hit the family’s car was distracted.
His distraction? Texting.
Charges against the driver are still pending. However, texting while driving as the cause of the accident has not actually been proven in this case.
The close-knit community of Beecher has been heartbroken over such a devastating loss. Driving distracted because of texting is never worth it.
Statistically speaking, Chicago Now reported that one out of every four car accidents is caused by texting and driving. Yet, the Schmidt’s story will speak louder than any statistic could and will hopefully make drivers think twice before texting while driving.
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