Teresa and Albert Marquard were out for their regular Sunday morning walk when their lives changed forever. The couple, who had been together for over 40 years, were walking in their hometown of Wissinoming, Pennsylvania when a drunk driver swerved off the road and headed straight toward them.
With just enough time to push her husband out of the car’s way, Teresa Marquard was struck by the oncoming minivan.
She died at the scene.
The mother of three gave her life to save her husband’s. Her family says the act was true to her character as a mother and wife. Teresa, 58, has gone back to work to support her family when, 15 years ago, Albert was diagnosed with heart disease. The couple’s children call their mother a “hero.”
“My mom, she’s a hero, and I’m very glad she saved my dad for us, because we’d be lost without both of them,” said Teresa’s daughter, Monica.
“She saved my dad. She pushed my dad out of the way and saved my dad,” said daughter Denise Hirschman, fighting back tears. “That was what she cared about. She cared about us more than anything.”
Police reports say that the alleged drunk driver was 33-year-old Eric Luciano of Kensington. Local news reports that Luciano’s brother spoke with reporters, telling local news that his brother was “a working man” and an “honest person.”
“It’s a freak accident that happened,” said the brother.
When asked to talk about Luciano’s drunken state at the time of the accident, the brother responded, “Everyone has their own thing.”
Teresa Marquard and her husband, Albert, had been together for 42 years. The couple started dating when they were merely 14 years old.
“She said he was the only one for her,” said Monica Marquard.
“She was a hero. She was amazing. She did so much with not a lot of tools,” said grieving daughter Teresa Marquard, who was named after her mother.
Eric Luciano remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
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