Remembering Mother Killed In I-494 Crash

By Liz Collin, WCCO-TV

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — Friends and family are remembering a Twin Cities mother who lost her life in an icy crash on Saturday.

Amanda Jo Lynch lost control of her SUV on northbound I-494 near Bass Lake Road. She died after being ejected and hit from a southbound vehicle.

Lynch wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Her two-year-old daughter, Bailey, was strapped in a safety seat and survived.

Lynch worked behind the bar at Cooper’s in Mendota Heights for six years. She made many memories and many friends. Randall Cooper hired Amanda.

“She made sure that when people came in would call them by their first name, knew what they liked, always had a spot for them,” Cooper said.

Cooper said Lynch was on her way to a birthday party up north just after 7 a.m. when the accident happened.

“Amanda cared most about was her family and especially her daughter,” said Cooper.

The young mother had already been through hard times. Bailey’s father and Amanda’s fiancé, Jake, has been battling colon cancer.

Jake had been winning his cancer fight. Now, he’s left to deal with losing his biggest supporter in that battle.

“It was about everybody else, not about Amanda. She cared for everyone,” Cooper said.

There is a fund for Amanda Lynch’s daughter set up Gateway Bank in Mendota Heights.

WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin Reports

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