Minn. Woman Dies Trying To Stop Runaway Truck

CROSSLAKE, Minn. (AP) — Police say a Crosslake woman has died after she tried to stop a rolling pickup truck that her 2-year-old nephew was in.

Police Chief Bob Hartman says the 32-year-old was killed Thursday. The toddler wasn’t hurt.

Hartman says the boy was playing inside the pickup when the truck began rolling backward down a hill. He says the woman jumped on the truck’s running board and was reaching inside to put it in park when the vehicle sideswiped a large tree.

The woman got caught between the truck and the tree. A witness and emergency responders performed CPR but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hartman says she apparently died of head trauma.

The Brainerd Dispatch report says her name has not been released.

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  • sad news

    What truck slips out of park????
    Unless it’s a clutch and the kid was able to pop it out of gear… then who didn’t set the parking brake?

    Thats tragic!

    • Good Ol Boy

      “What truck slips out of park????”

      None. It doesn’t happen. Poor Aunt got killed by her nephew accidentally when he was, for some odd reason, not supervised and was allowed to play in a truck??

      A series of tragic mistakes occurred here.

    • Donna

      We have an H2 and it does not lock into park. We had to install a safety lock so our kids didnt push it out of park. We learned of this the hardway! Very scary and very sad for this family.

  • Victim Du Jour

    All you can do is feel sad.

  • Teri

    It always amazes me what perfect people respond to these news stories. I mean the lady is dead – she gave her life trying to stop the vehicle. She “possibly” made a mistake that cost her life – and I say “possibly” because we don’t know the whole story from these few paragraphs. Everyone is so quick to judge everything — well someday you may find yourself in the position to be judged for something that occurs to you. My heart goes out to this woman’s family.

    • J.D.

      Interestingly, I see no where that anyone accused the woman of wrongdoing. It is a tragic situation and people were simply trying to give possible reasons why such a thing might occur. Both posters before you said it was tragic and seemed to show sympathy. Perhaps your narcissistic attitude is what needs changing.

      Back on topic, My heart also goes out to the family for their loss. At least, heaven be praised, the child didn’t get injured or die.

    • Good Ol Boy


      Nobody judged anybody.

      Looks like the only person too quick to judge others is YOU, TERI. How fitting.

  • Terry

    Terri…you said it all…thank-you

  • Teri

    Oh you are so right — noone was judging — “what truck slips out of park — unless it’s a clutch – then WHO didn’t set the parking break?” “poor aunt got killed by her nephew accidentally when he was for some odd reason, NOT supervised and was allowed to play in a truck” — no, no – not one bit judgemental. Again, my sympathy to the family.

    • Good Ol Boy

      Don’t let the fact that you’re wrong about me not judging anybody stop you from castigating me and telling me what I think and how I think it.


      • Good Ol Boy

        By the way, are you saying he WAS supervised while playing in the truck?

        That would directly contradict the article. It would seem I was right (not judging) about what happened, and you just decided you needed someone to scream at.

        Have you ever read “The Taming of the Shrew”?

  • Mel

    2 year olds, especially boys, can be very fast. Sometimes, as a parent, you aren’t aware of what your child is capable of until you see them do it. Unless you put your child in a harness attached to you, 24 hours a day, it is a physical impossibility to have your eye on them at all times. We, as parents, should do the best we can at minimizes accidents by using common sense and child safety products, but in no way should we have the expectation that we are able to protect our children from all harm or accidents. This woman is a hero and should be remembered as such. And I hope that no one internalizes any guilt because of the events surrounding her death.

    • Good Ol Boy


      I’m not judging or castigating the victim here, rest her soul.

      But to say that you can’t keep track of your own 2 year old enough to keep him from driving away in a car? What are you doing INSTEAD of watching? Come on. I have 5 kids. You know how long they were left unsupervised at age 2? Not more than 0 seconds. ZERO. Why? Because if you think you can do anything else at the same time, this type of thing can potentially happen.

      And again, I’m not passing any judgment on the deceased. I’m ONLY commenting in YOUR comment. This woman jumped onto a moving vehicle to save her nephew, regardless of what transpired before that moment. She died very bravely, albeit unnecessarily.

  • Heartbroke

    MAYBE you two people should stop fighting in a public forum and SHOW SOME RESPECT. Her friends and family can read this…

    That being said, I am a friend of this woman, and she is the most loving, caring, fun, selfless person you could ever meet. A tragic ACCIDENT happened when she was trying to save her nephew. She acted to save someone she loves.

    • Good Ol Boy

      “MAYBE you two people should stop fighting in a public forum and SHOW SOME RESPECT. Her friends and family can read this…”

      Nobody’s fighting. Mind your own business. No disrespect has been shown the victim here. Stop shouting at the wind. Again, in my very first comment, I noted it was tragic.

      • Lori

        You seem to be one that always needs to have the last word, and yours is correct. Stop. enough said.

        • WBL

          I am also friends with her and I couldn’t agree more. She is a great person and was taken way to soon. She will be greatly missed!! Thoughts and prayers to her family

  • doug

    RIP. Kids these days.

  • VugVee

    OMG that is jsut so so sad. What a tragedy. A real hero for trying to do something to stop it.


  • Heartbroke

    Good Ol Boy
    .. very respectful… thanks….

  • james

    Very sad…

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