CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman and her 1-year-old son were killed and her two other children were critically injured Monday in a crash near south suburban Beecher.
Will County deputies were called Monday around 8:38 a.m. to Yates Avenue and Corning Road for a two-vehicle accident between a pick-up truck and an SUV.
After initial investigation, Will County police said the driver of the pick-up truck, who was traveling eastbound on Corning Road, ran a stop sign before colliding with an SUV in the intersection of Yates and Corning. The SUV was traveling northbound on Yates Avenue and the driver did not have a stop sign.
The 29-year-old female driver of the SUV and her 1-year-old son were killed in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman’s 4- and 6-year-old sons were seriously hurt and taken to a hospital.
The children were transferred to the University of Chicago were they remain in critical condition. According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the 6-year-old was placed into a medically induced coma and both boys are on life-support.
The Sheriff’s Office also confirmed Tuesday that the mother, 29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt, was pregnant at the time of her death. She was taking her children to a nearby Bible Camp when the accident occurred.
“Pray for this family. I know our deputies and everyone involved are very upset about this incident.”
Kathy Hoffmeyer of the Will County Sheriff’s Office said a woman driving an SUV with her three boys was crossing the intersection of Corning and Yates in Crete Township near Beecher, “when she was struck in the intersection by the driver of a 2002 Chevy S-10 pick-up truck.”
The 25-year-old driver of the pickup truck had minor injuries. He was transported Monday to Christ Hospital, where he is currently being treated for a large laceration to his arm. He recieved reconstruction surgery and was listed Tuesday in stable condition.
Charges are pending as of Tuesday. Police are still investigating the crash.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office said they would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy and continued prayers to this family.