Military medic tried to save baby who died in semi truck crash; vigil held for family

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 11:12 PM EDT
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MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - It was just another day on the road for Amanda Harris Hamric and her husband.

“We were traveling from Arkansas and was on our way to Goshen Indiana,” Hamric says.

When suddenly, Hamrick came across a scene of a crash on U.S. 31 in Peru around 4 p.m. Monday., and did what she was trained to do.

“I am a army veteran and was a combat medic. So I told my husband I was going to go see what I can do because their was not any medical personnel on the scene that I had witnessed,” Hamric told 16 News Now Tuesday. “I remained calm and tried to do my part in trying to get the children out.”

Indiana State Police say 6-month old Leo Wallace of South Bend was secured in a car seat in the back of a Silver Toyota Corolla when the car his mother was driving was rear ended by a semi truck while stopped at a red light.

“In this act, the family, the Wallace family, sitting or slowing at a stop light, not doing anything wrong, the acts or lack of action by another driver, we have a fatality and two people that have severe injuries,” ISP Public Information Officer Tony Slocum says.

As a result of the crash , Leo died of his injuries.

His 35-year-old mother, Sarah Wallace, and 2-year old sister, Cecilia who was sitting alongside him, were flown to separate hospitals with severe to life threatening injuries, but are expected to make a full recovery.

Family and friends like Jasmine Romero, who first met Sarah Wallace at Ball State University, says she was heartbroken after learning what happened to Leo.

“It just broke my heart that they only got to love their son for six months,” Romero says.

Hamric says it is a crash that Sarah Wallace could have never saw coming, leaving her without her only son just one day after Mother’s Day.

“I have a whole lot of people praying for Sarah and Cecilia and Alex that it’s all over the world now. They’ve got a family of angels praying for them,” Hamric says.

Investigators say even though the children were secure in child safety seats, the impact was too severe to protect them causing Leo’s death.

The driver of the semi, Andrew King of Rochester, was not cited.

Police say the results of their investigation will be forwarded to the Miami County Prosecutor for review.

A prayer service for Leo and the Wallace family was held at St. Monica Catholic Church Tuesday.

At least 100 people gathered to pray for the family during this difficult time.

A GoFundMe page was started for the Wallace family. To donate, visit

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