CROSSLAKE, Minn. (AP) — Police have identified the Crosslake woman who died last week as she tried to stop a rolling pickup truck that her 2-year-old nephew was in.

Police Chief Bob Hartman says she was 31-year-old Suzy Baratto. He said Sunday that preliminary autopsy results show she died from head trauma.

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

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

A Brainerd Daily Dispatch report says the toddler wasn’t hurt.

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Comments (11)
  1. jeff says:

    such a sad story. a brave and thoughtful woman gave her life to save her nephew. that is something to be proud of.

  2. Greg Laden says:

    Why was a two year old playing by himself in a pickup that was parked on a hill?

    1. found on moms like me blog says:

      Oh My this is so very sad! Yes we all know that children shouldn’t play in cars and hind site is always 20/20 but the woman passed away doing what I believe any of us would have. She tried to save the child. I know my children are capable of opening the car dorrs when playing, or I have left them in the car in the driveway to run in and grab something quick. The truth is they are just as quick as I am if not quicker and this could have been my family very easily. I will take this as a VERY sad reminder of what can happen. My heart goes out to the family

  3. JamieinMN says:

    So sad. What a brave woman though. She gave the ultimate sacrifice. RIP.

  4. Gary Lee says:

    That was a very brave woman who took action. It is tragic that she was killed. She gave everything to save a child. You cannot do more than that.

    I don’t think the accident which happened is a rare freak occurrence, rather I think from my growing up experience it is quite possible. When I was seven I was left in a car parked on a slope while my mother went into a nearby store for about fifteen minutes. I played with the steering wheel just as this boy probably did, pretending I was driving by turning the wheel back and forth. I accidentally put the car into reverse and rolled backwards until the car ran into a truch parked nearby. Fortunately I wasn’t hurt.

    The point is, do not leave children alone in cars. Not to play, not while you run into the bank or a store, not while the car is seemingly safely parked in the driveway. Even with interlocks and such which cars did not used to have a child can still accidentally cause the car to come out of park and start rolling. Just don’t do this stuff. The convenience of leaving your child in the car is nothing to the heartbreak which can result.

  5. Teri says:

    Oh WHAT??!! What an absolutely sad situation. My heart is just broken for this family, that is obviously full of love….being she gave her life to save her baby nephew. God Bless Her…and I am sure He is…..she must have been an awesome woman. And God Bless her family as they go through their grief…no doubt this is horrific in the family. I will be praying for you all…xoxoxoxoxox

  6. Pavel says:

    So sad, but this will be a lawsuit.

  7. Jess says:

    Suzy was an amazing person. I am glad that I had the chance to know her! Your forever a hero.

  8. Lynda Gillson says:

    Jerry, Lauri, Renae, Jeanna, Ben and Audrey – our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Lynda, Tim and Tony G.

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