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Mother Killed After Reportedly Throwing Body in Front of Twin Sons to Save Their Lives

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It makes no sense when a loved one’s life is taken in the blink of an eye while doing something that people do every day. It’s even more infuriating when it happens because of someone who shouldn’t have even been there.

On Monday night, March 1, 29-year-old Hillarie Galazka of Lincoln Park, Michigan, was driving home with her two 5-year-old twin boys with her in her Saturn Ion.

As she got onto the entrance ramp of I-96, a speeding SUV rear-ended her.

The two boys sustained minor injuries, but Galazka was pronounced dead on the scene.

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According to KSAZ-TV, Galazka’s mother, Jodie Kelley, said the reason the boys had so few injuries was because their mother, “threw her body in front of them to block the impact.”

“Her body saved them,” Kelley said, according to KSAZ. “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,” Jacob Galazka, Hillarie’s brother, added. “Everyone loves those kids. Everyone loves Hillarie.”

“She is a good-hearted, strong, beautiful woman. She didn’t deserve this death.”

To make matters worse, the 25-year-old who hit the family’s car was not only not supposed to be driving due to a suspended license, but he also had five current suspensions and two local warrants.

He shouldn’t have been there. Hillarie never should have been put in that situation.

“I am devastated,” her mother continued. “I cannot believe that this man wasn’t in prison for his entire life for all of his warrants.

“I can’t believe he was behind the wheel doing 90 miles per hour in an SUV.”

“It’s gonna be hard,” Kelley added. “She was my firstborn; she was so beautiful.”

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Kelley has started up a GoFundMe to cover her daughter’s funeral expenses, as well as to secure some funds for her grandsons. Galazka also had an 8-year-old son who was not in the car at the time of the accident.

The Michigan State Police are handling the case and the 25-year-old man was found at a nearby hospital.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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