Police: Wis. Bicyclist Killed By Distracted Driver

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Wisconsin bicyclist died after suffering serious injuries Friday when he was hit by a driver who was distracted by her children, Sawyer County police said.

Police said 62-year-old David Landgraf, of Bloomer, Wis., died around 3 p.m. Monday at a Duluth hospital.

A police report paints this picture of the accident that took Landgraf’s life: 24-year-old Anna Amparo, of Hayward, Wis., was driving a Mitsubishi Galant Friday at 6:50 p.m. on STH 27 near Sand Lake when she turned around to talk to her two children. When she looked back toward the road, Amparo found Landgraf riding his bicycle just before her car.

Amparo tried to swerve and avoid hitting Landgraf, but she was unsuccessful, police said. The collision threw Landgraf off his bike, and he landed in a ditch.

An ambulance took Landgraf to Hayward Area Memorial Hospital, and he was then transferred to a Duluth hospital where he subsequently died.

According to police, Amparo and her children suffered no injuries.

  • JamieinMN

    Just sad :-/ Tragic and senseless. You must NEVER take your eyes off the road when you are driving.

  • Lukas

    If there’s a shoulder, please USE it for whatever reason you think is necessary.

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  • Truss

    So it’s the kids’ fault? Seems to me it’s the lady who took her eyes off the road. There is no explanation what the children were doing that distracted the mother. Maybe they did nothing and she just was talking to them.

  • em0886

    Wow!!! So the kid is dumb and the mom is a killer?! I am sure she will be in her own personal hell for quite some time, she will never forget about this. It’s not the kids’ fault and it was an accident….I have turned around before to give my son his milk, or his blanket so he stops crying so I can concentrate on driving. I am sure she didn’t think anything of it as she turned around. This is simply a tragedy and ignorant, stupid, thoughtless comments are probably not needed.

    • Patrick McCabe

      You are a complete idiot. Amparo deserves jail time. A quick online search reveals prior stupidity behind the wheel as well as court cases involving child support for one child and attempts to proof of who fathered the other. What an iresponsible excuse for a woman. Also no liability insurance. I cycle approxamately 2000 miles a year on my road bike. I am completely fed up with ignorant distracted drivers running over animals, cyclist and pedistrians. It is long over due to get some legislation and subsequent laws that penalize idiots like Amparo. I can tell you one thing for sure, the brainless fool who hits me better kill me because I will for sure make their life a living hell, as it should be.

  • em0886

    It actually didn’t state what would happen to Anna; they may bring her up on charges….who knows?! How do you know the kids weren’t listening, maybe she just turned around to look at something or respond to them…its a natural reaction to look at someone when they are talking to you and maybe they just wanted her attention….maybe they were screaming and she was trying to calm them down…nobody knows but Anna.

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  • Kristi

    This is a lovely young lady, great mother and it WAS an accident. Let’s not be too quick to judge. Accidents happen to all of us. This happens to have taken a life. A tragic accident for everyone involved. Life changing at the least. Don’t be the first to cast a stone. Shame on you all for rude, judgmental comments. I am very sad for everyone involved. I would not like to be Anna or the family members who lost a loved one.

    • Patrick McCabe

      Amparo is a complete idiot and lacks any respect for life or responsibiltiy for her actions… Hmmm.. two kids by differant fathers, prior traffic violations, no insurance. Throw the little winch in jail and send the kids to a proper home to be raised by responsible adults. Legislation and laws that protect pedistrians and cylist from iresponible idiots like Ampero are long overdue,. And to add insult to the whole affair, she pleads inocent with a court (tax payer paid) attorney.

  • A. J. Moses

    Kristi – Dave was a lovely man, great father and did not deserve to be killled. Not an accident – there is a clear cause and effect. She’s a great mother?? – she killed Dave, and endangered her kids by taking her eyes off the road. She cast the first stone, by the way. It’s always possible to pull off the road and park the car to assist your children. You don’t have to do it at 55 mph! Oh, and for the record, this is not the first time she’s been cited for inattentive driving. Driving is a priveledge and carries great responsibility.

  • Patrick McCabe

    Lovely woman and great mother? Lock her up, this was not an accident. Her stupidity killed someone. This is manslaughter in my book. I am a cyclst (and someone who needs to drive for work) and I have to deal with iresponsible drivers nearly every day. I have no room for these idiots and it is about time law enforcement and the legal system started to do something about it. I know one thing, if some idiot hits me with their car they better kill me, because I will make their useless life a living hell. I intend to raise some of that hell in the Hayward area. Shame on the D.A. and prosicuter for not applying the law in an appropriate maner and throwing the book at this “wonderful mother”.

  • aj moses

    Thanks for your comments back – I, too plan to travel to Hayward to discuss the issue with the DA. I wrote – no reply – it’s been 2 weeks – no excuse. Just the courtesy of a response saying they don’t care to respond would have been nice. Well, thanks for your supportive comments – validates what I’m feeling. If we don’t apply the law it becomes OK to kill someone with a car.

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