CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — June 20, 2016, is a day April and Jared Lindsey will never forget. It’s the day that forever changed the lives of the Cutler couple.
“I was playing a game on my phone and then without any warning, it was just this really hard impact and just this loud bang,” April Lindsey said.
Jared Lindsey said, “It happened so fast, I mean, I didn’t even have time to blink.”
The couple was heading back to their Carroll County home from Indianapolis when they were hit head-on by a car driven by 17-year-old Maria Droesch.
Droesch died as a result of the crash, and the Clinton County coroner found that distracted driving caused the wreck.
The Lindseys sustained serious injuries and lost one of their two dogs, but knowing a young life was lost has left them devastated.
“We’re pretty lucky. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I lost my wife. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose your kid,” Jared Lindsey said.
April Lindsey said, “I pray for them every day. I do, and I just can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
Ever since the accident, they said life hasn’t been the same. Doing everyday tasks comes with much difficulty.
“I went from being able to do anything to being able to not even help myself, you know? I’d be able to help others and everything,” Jared Lindsey said.
The couple owns Studebaker’s Seal Coating where they made a living by being on their feet every day. Now, that has to be put on hold.
“It’s kind of hard, I mean, because we were the sole providers for us,” Jared Lindsey said.
The Lindseys are hoping to fully recover and get back on their feet sooner than later.
When it comes to distracted driving, they said it just isn’t worth it.
“You lose focus for one second and that’s all it takes. Our accident happened less than a second and all of that happened,” April Lindsey said.
They’re now taking life one day at a time.
“We got a long road ahead of us and it’s going to be a hard journey,” April Lindsey said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the couple to pay for medical expenses.