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Second child dies from Monday crash near Beecher

6-year-old remains in critical condition

A 4-year-old boy injured in a crash Monday morning was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

“It is with great sadness that we report the passing of 4-year-old Weston Schmidt,” a Wednesday morning news release from the sheriff’s office stated. “Last evening, the sheriff’s office was contacted by the Cook County Medical Examiner who advised that Weston was pronounced deceased at 5:55 p.m. at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Weston’s 6-year-old brother remains in critical condition at Comer.”

The 6-year-old had been placed in a medically induced coma.

The children’s mother, 29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt, and their 1-year-old brother, Caleb Schmidt, were killed when Schmidt was heading north on Yates Avenue near Beecher in a 2014 Subaru Outback when an eastbound Chevy S-10 pickup truck blew a stop sign at Corning Road and slammed into the Subaru’s driver’s side about 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to the release.

Lindsey and Caleb were pronounced dead at the scene about two hours later. Lindsey was pregnant at the time.

The 25-year-old man who was driving the pickup truck was treated for a large laceration to his arm, the sheriff’s office said.

He was taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn on Monday to undergo minor reconstructive surgery.

The man is in stable condition, police said, and charges are pending.

Lindsey was driving her children to a summer bible camp at the time of the crash.

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