ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (CBS) — Four family members – two of them children – were gone in an instant this weekend when a driver plowed into their car on a northwest suburban road.
On Sunday evening, heartbroken family members talked to CBS 2’s Steven Graves.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
The victims of the crash on Illinois Route 53 in Rolling Meadows were two sisters and their children. Both mothers were remembered for her going out of her way to help others – and they died doing just that.
“For all four of our loved ones to be gone tragically in one act, it’s sickening,” said Deandrea Dixon.
Jeremy, 17, liked to draw. Jamarrion, 6, loved Spider-Man. Their mothers, sisters Tracy and Stacy Harris, 45 and 47 respectively, were described by surviving sister Dixon as angels.
“My sister Stacy, she always had a smile on her face – always,” Dixon said. “My sister Tracy, always there for you no matter what.”
On Saturday night around 11:30 p.m., the family said the sisters drove out to Rolling Meadows with Jamarrion to help Jeremy, Stacy’s son. His car had stalled on the side of Illinois Route 53 near the Kirchoff Road exit.
Once the teen got into their blue Ford Fiesta, a black Jeep plowed into the back, killing everyone.READ MORE: Northwestern Alums Create 'The Seeker,' A Highly Accurate Football Thrower They Call A Robotic QB
“For you to hit them from the back as hard as you did and ejected one of my sisters out of the car – out her seatbelt – you had to be going pretty fast,” Dixon said.
Family said state police told them a trooper was following the driver at the time.
“They were trying to catch him on the highway a couple counties over from where the accident happened,” Dixon said.
The impact of the crash sent both cars flying from the right shoulder to the left. The man who caused the crash was taken to the hospital, where police say he should recover.
“To the driver, I hope that you have to live with all four faces that you took away, tragic, for nothing,” Dixon said.
That 32-year-old man from Bellwood was not yet facing charges as of Sunday night.MORE NEWS: Cariacature Artist, Substitute Teacher Says She Keeps Trying To Reach Illinois Unemployment Office -- Only To Have Calls Dropped
The victims’ family, who have relatives spread throughout Chicago and Schaumburg, are now planning four funerals.