Mistrial declared in deadly Beecher crash that killed pregnant woman, 3 kids

A mistrial was declared Wednesday after a Will County jury became deadlocked in the case of a 2017 crash that killed a pregnant woman and her three children, Fox 32 confirmed.

Sean Woulfe, of Orland Park, told jurors he was driving at nearly 85 miles per hour when he hit the family’s van, killing 29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt, her three sons, and her unborn child in 2017.

On Friday, the defense rested its case without calling any witnesses.

On Monday, the jury heard closing arguments in the trial. Woulfe, who’s been free on bond, faces 16 counts of reckless homicide.

Sean Woulfe | Will County


The crash happened in rural Beecher near Corning Road and Yates Avenue. Prosecutors say Woulfe blew through a stop sign.

The family was heading to Bible camp. Schmidt was pregnant with her fourth child.

The state’s key witness who was working in a field has already testified that he remembers seeing Schmidt pass by and then hearing a loud boom.

Woulfe’s attorney has said his client wasn’t reckless, wasn’t using his phone or driving drunk and that it was just an accident.

Woulfe faces up to five years in prison on reckless homicide charges for an accident prosecutors called totally avoidable.