Family of Teen Who Died in Crash Tries to Help Others

Created: February 08, 2019 10:13 PM

A Prior Lake family has turned their teenage son's abrupt death into an opportunity to do something special for others.

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Sam Foltz, 14, and his father Jason were going skiing Sunday morning at Buck Hill.  But at the intersection of 185th Street East and Natchez Avenue in Scott County's Credit River Township, their car was broadsided by another driven by 42-year-old Gail Schauer of Faribault.  

In a statement, the Scott County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol said it appears Schauer failed to obey a stop sign and crashed into the Foltz's vehicle.

 "It was pretty traumatic," said Scott Urness, a relative. "They went across four lanes, a median, ended up on a bridge deck. They went a long way." 

Sam suffered critical injuries. His dad wasn't injured, but the family was wrecked.

Sam was in intensive care where machines kept him alive for days while those who love him made the choice to take him off life support.

"Jason said this isn't about us," said Tim Urness, Sam's uncle and godfather. "This is about helping more families. That is selfless and that is what Sam would've wanted."

On Wednesday, relatives gathered in the Foltz's home in Prior Lake - only hours after a flag raising ceremony was held outside Hennepin County Medical Center to recognize how Sam's sacrifice could improve the lives of others.

"His heart is going to a 7-year-old boy," Tim Urness said. "His kidney is going to a 16-year-old-boy. His pancreas is going to a 35-year-old female and his liver to a man in his 40s."

Relatives shared his story and photos of his life before the crash to encourage organ donation.  

Sam was a freshman at Prior Lake High School. He was an honors student who skied, played lacrosse and played the drums.

His father Jason sat in the living room and talked about how they found meaning in mourning his loss. 

The Foltz's also said the compassion and care shown to the family during this dark time by the doctors, nurses and medical staff at HCMC, along with advocates at Life Source, made the difficult more bearable. 

A visitation will be held this Sunday at Shepherd Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake.

The visitation begins at 2 p.m. and the funeral begins at 4:30 p.m.  

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