A Wisconsin mother was shot in front of her 17-year-old son as she was teaching him how to drive.
According to the Stamford Advocate, Tracey Smith and her son were in the middle of a driving lesson on August 30 when another driver on the road at the time hit their vehicle.
It was as Smith was checking out the damage to her vehicle that she was shot and killed. Smith’s father, Ollie Luckett, blames her daughter’s unexpecting passing on “road rage and reckless driving.” Luckett told the Stamford Advocate:
“You know how it is on these streets. You probably ride it. You know how these people are acting. It’s ridiculous. My daughter shouldn’t have lost her life like that. […] I don’t know what to say, but I know one thing, the way my daughter lost her life. It wasn’t right. It ain’t right.”
Moments after seeing his mother, a sergeant with the State Department of Corrections, get shot, the teen attempted to save her life by quickly driving her to the hospital. Sadly, despite her son’s quick thinking, Smith passed away.
The mom was just 46 years old.
Police have since apprehended the person responsible for Smith’s death. However, no formal charges have been issued yet, but he remains in police custody.
Now, Luckett hopes that his grandson is able to recover from the “horror” he witnessed on Friday night:
“I’m just praying he will stay on track and won’t allow what would break most people to break him.”
Like one of Smith’s cousins, Cheryl Brown told CBS 58, no child should ever have to be witness what Smith’s son witnessed:
“Like what kid has to see someone take his mom’s life and then you have to be the one to take them to the hospital? Her boys have to continue through life with their mother not there and then her son that was there, that’s going to affect him for the rest of his life, like he’s never going to be the same.”
Now, Smith’s family members are looking forward to seeking her killer be brought to justice.