A Colorado man who was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital has died after he crashed the family car, reports USA Today. The man, identified as 37-year-old Tony Schmucker, died before seeing the birth of his child. Tony and his wife, Jill Schmucker, 35, were also accompanied by their two children inside the car which was a Nissan Pathfinder SUV.
According to the report, the incident happened last Wednesday after Tony reportedly had a “medical episode” due to which the car he was driving veered off the road and crashed into an embankment. The car then hit a boulder and a tree and finally rolled over before coming to a complete rest. This has been confirmed by officials from the Colorado State Patrol.
Tony Schmucker and the others in the car were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. Tony’s wife also suffered a broken back and was reportedly left unconscious after the car crashed. The two kids, who were in the backseat, survived with only minor injuries. In fact, according to the GoFundMe page set up by one of their friends, it was their son, Ryder, who called 911 and asked for help following the crash.
Following the accident, Tony was rushed to the Poudre Valley Hospital by an ambulance. They were unable to save his life. Jill and the two children were taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies by helicopter. There she eventually gave birth to her baby after doctors performed an emergency C-Section.
Meanwhile, the GoFundMe page set up for the family has already managed to raise nearly $35,000. The fund was set up by Tony’s co-worker, Betsy. Both of them were employees at Air Comfort. The introductory message on the page read as follows.
“Good morning, my name is Betsy and I am a co-worker of Tony’s at Air Comfort. This morning as we started the day we were informed of the tragic loss of our dear friend and employee Tony Schmucker during the night. Tony has been with us for nearly 8 years and is loved by all that has met him. He was always smiling, and always in a good mood. He is going to be greatly missed.
“We started this campaign as a way for anyone in the community that knew the Schmucker’s to help them out during this difficult and tragic event. We have contacted the family and they are aware that this campaign is for Jill and the boys. The money raised is 100% for Jill and the boys. We want to thank everyone that has donated to this campaign, you have showed the family that they are loved and have the support of the community.”
Betsy had worked with tony for well over eight years and she described him to be a man who was always smiling and in a good mood.
In a message thanking people for the donations, Tony’s brother Aaron Schmucker writes about his lost brother.
“Tony my brother was an awesome father, brother, and son in our family. He died trying to ensure the safe arrival of his son. I look at his boys and think of all the things that Tony had told me he couldn’t wait to do with them like hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and many other things.”
Tony’s wife Jill is expected to make a full recovery. She remains in the hospital as of now. The newborn baby is also doing well.
[Image Via GoFundMe]