21-year-old Rockford woman killed in Stephenson County crash leaves behind husband, three sons

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Lushon Robinson is now raising his three sons alone after his wife, 21-year-old Caitlin Robinson, died in a Stephenson County car crash last weekend.

The two were sweethearts since elementary school.

Robinson’s youngest son, Terrance, is just 5 years old. His youngest is only 8 months.

“He sees us hurt,” Robinson said. “Everybody in the house is hurt. He feels the vibe, the attention, the air. I think he understands that. I just don’t think he understands that she’s really gone.”

Now, the four of them are coping with how to live without their wife and mother.

Police say around 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 24th, officers responded to Afolkey Road near Mill Road where two vehicles were involved in a head on collision and one was on fire.

According to authorities, a car driven by 19-year-old Amya Fleming, of Freeport, crossed the center line and struck Caitlin’s Mercury Mariner.

Caitlin was pronounced dead at the scene. Fleming is in critical but stable condition at a Rockford hospital.

“[She was] somebody [that was] always right there for me, even during my down days. She was right there,” Robinson said.

Caitlin’s mother, Yvonne, has found comfort after learning that good Samaritans at the scene of the crash did everything they could to save her.

Yvonne says knowing that gives her a sense of peace.

“It gave me peace because I got to touch her one last time [at Thursday’s visitation]. I just got to actually physically be with her one more time, and that gave me some peace,” she said.

Yvonne started a GoFundMe for the four of them after the family’s car was totaled in the crash. She also wants the boys to have a place to go where they can remember their mother.

“Hopefully, down the road, we can get a plot to bury my daughter’s ashes in, a marker or stone of some sort so the boys have a physical place,” she said. “They’re too young to really know their mother. So, we wanted to have a place, physically, to visit with their mother that they could associate with, physically.”

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