MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol said the mother who was driving a SUV that went off the road, killing her 14-year-old son, fell asleep at the time of the accident.

The crash also left three kids in critical condition. None of the children injured in the crash were wearing seat belts, according to police.

The mother and driver, 43-year-old Pamela Roper, of Hubbardston, Mass., was treated and released at the scene.

Fourteen-year-old Daniel Davis was killed in the crash. Nine-year-old Cedric Davis, 7-year-old Seth Davis and 11-year-old Amena Davis are in critical condition. All are from Hubbardston, Mass.

Seven people total were in the vehicle when it went off the road.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2000 Dodge Durango was heading west on Interstate 90 near the Beaver Creek exit when it went off the road, into the ditch and hit an embankment of the County Road 6 bridge. The accident occurred around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

The vehicle was sent airborne until the roof hit a pillar of the bridge. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on its wheels.

Comments (7)
  1. Football Fan says:

    Oh, please, please, please wear seat belts, people. This family will be forever haunted by this event. I’ve gotten dozy on the drive from Fargo to the Twin Cities and I’ve told my family, I’m pulling over for coffee. I seldom drink the coffee but I think the activity wakes me up. And we get back in the car, the seat belts come back on.

  2. nooope says:

    Vehicle goes airborn
    Roof hits pillar of bridge
    Sealtbelts wouldn’t do a dang thing to save one in this instance. Not a thing

    1. Never Know says:

      Nobody will ever know who would have died and who would have lived if seatbelts had been used. You can speculate all you want, but the fact remains; this family will always wonder and wish the occupants had been wearing seatbelts. They don’t save everyone, but your chances of survival and minimizing injuries increase exponentially.

  3. MAJ says:

    This was an accident waiting to happen. I personally don’t know anyone who doesn’t use a seat belt. How many hours had this woman been driving?????

  4. Mike Jacobson says:

    I feel terrible for this family. It only takes 1 lapse of judgement for a split second to change your world completely. This accident has alot of “what if’s”. Prayers to all suffering right now.

  5. shame says:

    I don’t understand how the State Patrol, and all law enforcement for that matter, can release the names of victims of accidents. The media loves shouting the names and posting the photos of people in these terrible situations. Why is it so important to make public? It just attracts trolls and contributes to the awful times the families are going through. Admittedly, it is important to release the story as a sort of cautionary tale, but I don’t know why there aren’t privacy statutes regarding accidents.

  6. Jason says:

    This isn’t a seatbelt issue, this is an issue of knowing when you should pull over because you are too tired to drive. I’m a professional driver and if I was to do something like that I would be spending the rest of my life in prison. Common sense is a valuable tool……USE IT!!!!!

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