Hunter Hasenjaeger of Channahon can be found around home much more these days, his mother Theres Hasenjaeger said of her 17-year-old son.
“He stays home a lot now, he doesn’t go out a lot, I think this whole situation scared him a little bit,” Theres said of the Minooka Community High School student.
Hunter said he has been awoken to the fact that life can change in an instant, and people never know when their last moments were upon them.
On June 30, Hunter and his friend, Collin Barry, who also attends MCHS, drove home from a friend’s house around midnight. As the two crested a hill on Ridge Road, just north of Minooka, Hunter said he could see smoke and decided to pull over to see what happened.
“We knew we should pull over,” Hunter said. “When we got out of the car, a woman and man screamed that they could hear a baby screaming from the car.”