On June 1, 2022, our brother Steve, along with his wife Kristen, and two children, Riley (6yo) and Wyatt (3yo) left their house around 4am to drive to the airport to come to Illinois to visit family.
They didn’t even make it 5 minutes before being catastrophically struck by an alleged drunk driver who sped through a stop sign, crashed into them and then ran away. They found the driver several hours later at her nearby home. Steve was declared deceased at the scene. Kristen, Riley and Wyatt were taken to the hospital for injuries.
Kristen was released first with minor injuries. Riley was kept for observation overnight. Wyatt is still in critical condition.
These funds will help Kristen and her young children during these difficult times.
Steve Palmatier was a kind person who loved to laugh. As a youth he got in trouble for laughing too much at school once for one thing, but he said he was laughing at three things and that's why it was so funny. He loved his family, dirt bike riding, driving his truck and camping in the desert.