MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that closed part of southbound Interstate 494 near Bass Lake Road Saturday morning. Now, the Patrol is saying that the tragedy could have been prevented if the woman would have worn a seat belt.

According to Lt. Eric Roeske, around 7:17 a.m., the sun was coming up and the roads were icy when the woman headed northbound in her Dodge Durango, lost control and rolled over.

The driver, 25-year-old Amanda Lynch, of Eagan, was ejected into the southbound lanes, where two large trucks approached. The truck drivers were able to stop in time, but a third car, a Toyota Camry, was not.

“Apparently the driver wasn’t able to stop on time or recognize what was occurring,” said Roeske.

Authorities identified the driver as Inara Kibasov of Elk River. She has not been cited in this accident.

Investigators believe Lynch was alive before Kibasov’s car hit her, but once emergency crews arrived, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Lynch died of multiple blunt force injuries, as a result of the crash.

Roads were icy at the time.

Lynch had her 2-year-old daughter in her car. The little girl was brought to the hospital where she was checked out, but suffered no apparent injury.

Troopers say Lynch strapped her daughter in safely, but found no evidence that she used a seat belt herself.

“I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be wearing a seat belt, there’s a good likelihood we wouldn’t be talking about this tragedy had a seat belt been worn, despite all the other factors,” said Roeske.

The Patrol responded to 358 accidents throughout Minnesota since Friday. There were nearly 50 injury accidents in the metro area in the past 24 hours with the snowstorm, but this was the only deadly accident.

I-494 was closed for about three hours Saturday morning while State Patrol investigated.

Comments (24)
  1. johnnycmoun says:

    I would have to say last night and including today the roads on I-494 are in terrible shape. I would grade the DOT a D- and I’m sorry to hear about this accident. I pray for the families involved. I drove home from NE Minneapolis to Shakopee last night without seeing a plow from 5 – 7 PM. Yes it took me over 2 hours and the roads were covered in 2 inches of snow, and the sad deal is it only snowed about 2.5 inches yesterday. Where were you MN plow trucks????

    1. Tony White says:

      The problem isn’t MN DOT- it’s the fact that MN drivers REFUSE to slow down! 95% of these crashes would not occur if people would SLOW DOWN!

      1. Tony White says:

        To “494” driver- you ever been in Texas when it snows-? I have! It’s a total disaster down there!

  2. 494 driver says:

    Minnesota DOT has been a complete joke this year. I rate them a F on the year so far. I drive 494 west home everyday and when it snows the plows are nowhere to be seen. This winter has brought a ton of snow but where are the tax dollars going for snow removal when all the plow drivers are sitting in there trucks drinking 6 packs I.E the minneapolis plow driver that got caught last week doing so. I think they need to be out 2 hours prior to the snow and all the way through the snow fall. DOT get your crew back in shape. If all the plow drivers want to do is sit in there trucks and get drunk i am sure there is plenty of unemployeed people out there that would love to make the $40 a hour these pathetic plow drivers make. I hope the family of the lost person sues the heck out of the DOT for not doing there job. This is minnesota NOT TEXAS DOT GET ON TRACK.

  3. MadCommuter says:

    I agree that there is something with MNDOT this particular year. It seems that in years past that whenever we’ve received an accumulating snow fall, that the plow drivers are on top of it, so much that I’ve been irratated when driving in suboptimal conditions and had to navigate around so many plows on the road. This year is a completely different story, there have been multiple snowy days and nights, where I have been traveling and not seen ONE snowplow over a stretch of 50 or so miles. I also agree with those who are contending that the speed you drive is the way to be safe (or not), but you will never be able to control everyone’s speed or driving abilities, however, MNDOT does control how many plows are clearing roads during any given snow event, and I think they need to step it up for the safety of everyone one the roads.

  4. amber says:

    that was my best friend since 6th grade and to read all of these horrible comments about whose to blame is making me sick..
    she was a beautful girl, a terrific mom and she does not deserve all these horrible comments people seem to think they have a right to make..
    for all of you who continue to say insensitive and idiotic things, think twice please and think about her baby and how she has to grow up without having a mom..

  5. sad says:

    I’m sure you don’t know her, especially by the way youre talking about her, she was a very nice person and whatever caused this accident caused a good mother to be taken from her families life and leave her daughter without a mother. You obviously have no respect for others at all.

  6. sad says:

    I can’t believe that people are so busy trying to put blame out there when there is such a tragedy. It happened and people should be posting condolences for her family and friends, as she was a wonderful person and in no way deserves these comments to be posted.

  7. Mike Jacobson says:

    Very, very sad accident to happen to such a young lady. Most of these degenerates who posted idiotic remarks were probably asleep at 7am, nursing hangovers because their lives are crap and they don’t know any better. God Bless this young woman and her family and friends.

  8. dawn says:

    Did u read the story dummy? She survied being efected from the vehicle. And the police said they could not tell if she was wear her seat belt or not. Her vehicle flipeed because she hit ice.

    She died because some idiot didn’t acknowledge traffice being stopped ran her over after wards.

    Have some respenct for the family. Would u like these things being said abour ur family?

  9. Lindsay Jo says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. RIP Amanda. You will be missed. And please, the people that are arguing about what happened and whose fault it was, please, consider her family in all of this. They have lost a loved one and would appreciate some sympathy for the situation. No one can turn back time, and unless you were there you do not know what happened today.

  10. Lindsay Jo says:

    maybe all of you that think the roads are so great right now should read this … http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2010/11/21/overnight-crashes-due-to-icy-roads-pile-up/

  11. Marg says:

    Dawn, why do you use the F word when you are saying we should have respect.?

    I am very sorry for the loss of a life.

  12. Jenny W. says:

    Come on Jeff, really? This crash in not MNDOT’s fault, nor is it Law Enforcement’s fault.

  13. T G says:


  14. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    To the Family and Friends of Amanda – You have lost a daughter and a frieind. No words of mine can describe how bad you must feel. Having lost a son in the last year myself I can tell you that you should hold each other close and time will help heal the loss. You have my deepest sympathies.

  15. Corey J says:

    I love how it is ALWAYS somebody elses fault when tragedy strikes. Why can’t you people EVER take responsiblilty for your own actions. It is a great loss, this is true. Blaming everybody else on planet earth when bad things happen needs to stop. And WCCO needs to stop censoring comments when they dont fit their mold or agenda.

  16. Helen says:

    Don’;t you think it’s to late to be blaming and bickering, the facts stand as they are. The family needs support now not some nonsense about who did what. Are you 100% positive YOU always do the right thing? If there is such a human being I’d like to hear from you but remember I said POSITIVE.
    There’s to much trash out there as it is does it have to be added to?
    I know what it is to bury one of my own children – do you?
    My only suggestion is drive as safe and legal as you possibly can you will still be enough accidents to keep the warped minds entertained. Shame on you.
    Pray for the families left that they will have a peaceful heart someday let them
    vent if they choose to whomever they choose & greive in their own way.
    I wish you peace and comfort and yes you do have to wonder why but I heard a saying when my son died (as an infant) “God choses only the best in His time not yours”.

  17. Tragic says:

    Some of these Comments are way out of line.

    For most who live in this state know that in the winter you can have ice on the roads anytime. Although we would like Minn-Dot to have the roads cleared at all times it is impossible.

    This was a Tragedy for “both” parties involved.. It was unforunate for this young woman to loose her life “but” every day we get in a car you have to claim self responsibilty..

    For the record she was NOT wearing her seatbelt!

    The other tragedy is the other person who was in the other cart has to live with this the rest of there life.

    So, before you make a comment to blame someone you know nothing about stop and think..

  18. Denise says:

    God bless Amanda’s family!! May she rest in peace. To those who are so cruel and insensitive as to leave comments blaming her,may you never know the pain her family is feeling,or the loss her baby will suffer forever!!! But for the grace of God,it could have been,or could be,you or your loved one!! Think before you speak!!!

  19. John says:

    miss you amanda 🙂

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