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Michigan mom dies protecting her twin five-year-old sons with her body after driver rear-ended car

Michigan mom dies protecting her twin five-year-old sons with her body after 25-year-old driver rear-ended her car and then fled the crash scene

  • Hillarie Galazka, 29, did not survive the crash and died on the scene
  • The twin boys were hospitalized, but only suffered minor injuries in the crash
  • The unidentified driver fled the scene of the crash and was found at a hospital
  • The driver was using a suspended license and has previous convictions 

Hillarie Galazka is being hailed as a hero after protecting her twin boys during a car crash that killed her in Michigan.

The crash happened on Monday night on the entrance ramp of the I-96 when an unidentified 25-year-old who was speeding rear-ended the Saturn Ion belonging to the Lincoln Park mother.

Jodie Kelley, the 29-year-old Galazka’s mother, says Galazka used her body to shield her five-year-old boys from the impact of the crash, allowing them to escape with only minor injuries.

A family is in mourning after Hillarie Galazka, 29, lost her life protecting her twin sons, seen as babies

The two boys in the fatal car crash were hospitalized, but suffered just minor injuries

The two boys in the fatal car crash were hospitalized, but suffered just minor injuries

A third son, an eight-year-old, was not in the car at the time of the fatal crash. 

‘Her body saved them,’ Kelley told FOX 2 Detroit. ‘The boys say they saw her open her eyes, and look at them and then she closed her eyes, never opened them again. They remember that.’

‘I’m just glad the babies survived a tragedy for the family,’ Hillarie’s brother, Jacob, said while mourning his sister. ‘She is a good-hearted, strong, beautiful woman. She didn’t deserve this death.’

Fox News reports Hillarie died at the scene of the crash. The two boys were hospitalized for their injuries. 

The driver of the other car in the accident reportedly fled the scene and was later found at a hospital.

Galazka's Saturn Ion was rear-ended Monday by a speeding driver as she on an entrance ramp

Galazka’s Saturn Ion was rear-ended Monday by a speeding driver as she on an entrance ramp

Police are investigating the driver, who had a suspended license, in addition to five current suspensions, two local warrants, and two prior convictions.

It’s not clear what charges the driver will be facing once the investigation is complete.  

‘I can’t believe he was behind the wheel doing 90 miles per hour in an SUV,’ Hillarie’s mother said.

The driver of the vehicle, who hasn't been identified, was driving on a suspended license

The driver of the vehicle, who hasn’t been identified, was driving on a suspended license

Kelley has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for her daughter’s funeral. She also shared on the page that the suspect is in custody. The suspect hasn’t been named.

The fundraiser has received over $15,000 in donations since it was put together on March 2.

‘She was my best friend she’s gone now,’ Kelly said. 

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