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WILL COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) — The community of Beecher, Illinois was shaken when a young pregnant mother and her three young children were killed in a horrible crash in 2017.

Now five years later, there is still no resolution in the legal case. A jury was unable to reach a consensus on a verdict, so a mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of Sean Woulfe, 30, of Orland Park.

Woulfe was charged with multiple counts of reckless homicide in connection with the August 2017 crash on a quiet road in Beecher that killed 29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt, her unborn child and her three sons, ages 1, 4, and 7. They were headed to vacation bible school when their Subaru Outback was struck by Woulfe, who was in a pickup he was allegedly driving more than 75 miles per hour.

A Will County jury deliberated for a third day before telling the judge shortly after noon that it was deadlocked.

Both the Will County State’s Attorney’s office and defense attorneys declined to comment, citing a gag order imposed by the judge.

At this point, it’s unclear if prosecutors will retry Woulfe, but a status hearing has been set for May.

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Source: ABC7

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