ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A 24-year-old Bloomington woman was killed trying to cross Grand Avenue in St. Paul Tuesday night. Emma Michelle Holman was hit about 7:15 p.m. after she parked her car and was heading across the street to meet her mom.
It happened in the 1300 block of Grand Avenue. Holman, known to her friends and family as “Shorty,” was going with her mom to visit a friend who lives in that block.
“I looked down and she was in the street … gone”, said Holman’s mother, as she gathered with grieving family members and friends at her home this afternoon. “She was flown so far. The way she kept looking up at the sky I could tell she wasn’t breathing.”
Police say the driver, a 30-year-old woman, stopped at the scene and talked with Holman’s mother.
“She came up to me and said she was sorry. She said she looked down for a minute and looked up and Emma was there,” said Holman’s mother.
So far, police the investigation has found no evidence, drugs, alcohol or speed were factors in the deadly crash.
Sharon Holman said her daughter almost died at birth and lived with several physical disabilities.
“She was my miracle from God,” said Sharon Holman.
But those challenges never stopped her daughter from living a full life. She learned to drive a car and her sister Jennifer Olsby called her spirited and smart.
Her aunt, Debbie Carpentier, recalled a young woman who “beat all the odds, but couldn’t beat this one.”
“Nothing stopped her,” said Carpentier. “Anything Emma wanted to do she tried to conquer and did it.”
Emma Holman’s family plans to set up a fund to help pay for memorial services.