Woman Dies After Lying Down In Traffic On I-94

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A pedestrian was hit and killed on eastbound Interstate 94 near 7th St. in Minneapolis Thursday morning.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said the incident happened around 6:40 a.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the person who died was a woman, but her name hasn’t been released yet.

According to Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol, the woman walked into traffic and laid down before being struck by multiple cars.

The right two lanes were closed while authorities investigated, but the State Patrol says they have since reopened.

Investigators are still looking into what may have led to the woman being out in the middle of the road. No identification was found on her person.

Crews were reportedly aware of the woman’s presence on the roadway and were rushing to the scene before she was struck, but they were simply not able to reach her fast enough.

The State Patrol said they are seeking two drivers they believe were involved in the incident — one was driving a smaller car and the other a pickup truck.

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  • me

    Just think, what that poor person, or persons who hit him, must be going through right now, emotionally. I cannot imagine the emotional state they must be in right now.

    • sad but true

      Very sad

    • Calley Gravning

      How can feel bad for them? They hit the women and did not even slow down!The cops are still looking for them!

      • ez

        She forced them to hit her, I don’t feel bad for her in the least.

  • Taylor J

    i wonder if this person had tried do this before. About a month ago, they had to close down I94 and Dowling. They only report “police activiy” and nothing else.


    • A

      The other incident was a man attempting to jump from the Lowry Ave bridge overpass. Unrelated.

    • markH

      In my observation, “police activity” is usually two squad cars sitting next to each other chatting for an hour or so.

  • Moi

    This is terrible! About 10 years ago a person driving a car committed suicide by driving out in front of my brother, who was driving a semi, and he will never get over it. I feel for the person who took their life, but it makes me angry that they have chosen to involve strangers who will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. Awful!

    • Sam I am

      We had a driver at my former employer who had the same thing happened. A car pulled out directly in front of his semi. He never got over it.

      It hurts more then just the person who is suicidal. How very sad.

  • Rachael

    I actually saw this person this morning.. He/she was all bundled up for the cold weather and he was just standing there which I thought was really odd. I then went to Starbucks and ordered a coffee. I saw the story on the news and read the article. They say the person was hit at 6:43 the time on my coffee cup sticker says 6:42:59 AM. Crazy how time works.

  • Terrible

    Since the comment was they were all bundled up for the cold weather, maybe the person was homeless and felt hopeless. How tragic. Remember to donate winter clothing to charitable places to help those who need it. Sorry for this horrible accident and praying for all those involved. They will never completely get over it. Rest in peace!

  • johnyyy

    wow :O

  • Iseedumbpeople

    Wow. What a stupid and absurd comment.

    • Dish2001

      I agree with what you wrote “stupid & absurd comment”. I do agree that is selfish to end her life the way she did. A few years ago a friend of mine in Big Lake walked out in front off a semi truck driver. I’m sure that man will never ever forget that either.

  • Ferris Lind

    i agree with you 100 %

  • rottdogge

    A very, very grotesque way to take yourself out…not to mention selfish. But then, people who committ suicide were never able to get past themselves anyway. That may sound heartless, but I believe there is always hope, and suicide is the ultimate display of weak character. Can you imagine how creeped out, sickened are the innocent participants in this tragedy?

    • sosad

      i agree with you completely, well said.

    • Char

      Unbelievable! Obviously you have never had to deal with depression. It’s not about just feeling sad for a day or so. Many of us deal with it long term and there are times depressed people feel there is no hope. When you get to this point you don’t think rationally about others. You just know you are in so much pain that you don’t want to go on and without help you choose not to. Depression is a disease just like diabetes, heart problems or other health problems but much harder to treat. Weak character? You should try to go through it. Real depression is not a “Whistle a Happy Tune” solution. I, too, feel so very sadden by the others involved, and especially family. If this person had been in a normal state of mind she would have been thinking of others but this wasn’t the case. Please do yourself a favor and read what real depression was before you criticize this poor lady. She is someone’s sister, daughter, mother. Let’s try a little compassion here.

      • Kristine Thompson

        Thank you.

      • DB

        Thank you for that comment, In the mind of this person she was thinking of others. She was most likely homeless and did not want to be aburden on her family and friend. It is the holidays and this makes people even more depressed. There is hope however you have to be willing to get that help and know where to get that help. More often then not people have the mind set that if they do not have money they can not afford to pay for the help they need. Most of us know that this is not true however alot of us do not know were to look for the “free” help. I do not believe that suicide is a display of weekness it is a cry for help however it can get to the point that it is too late, such as in this case. We need to pray for the family of this person and for the people that accidently hit her. I am sure that the police are not looking for them to punish them they just have questions for them. I was talking to a gentleman at work this morning and a lady that his wife works with was one of the cars that hit her and she said she thought it was a dead animal in the road. It was like hitting a speed bump.

      • Jenn

        Very well said, Char. Compassion is key here.

      • Neko

        I feel terrible for the woman who died and for her family. I’ve struggled with depression for over a decade and have periodically been suicidal. So I have the utmost compassion for people contemplating suicide. It’s terrible to be that sad and to know that you can’t be trusted to keep yourself safe.

        That said, I strongly feel that the choice to commit suicide is selfish. You might bring yourself relief, but the people around you suffer. The reason I have never tried to kill myself, despite frequently considering it, is that I know my friends, family, and co-workers would feel terrible that they weren’t able to help me. Even on my worst days, I would never choose to burden my family like that.

    • blonde

      very true!!!

    • Krystal

      Obviously you have never been personally affected by suicide. My father committed suicide 5 years ago and my brother just committed suicide 3 weeks ago. When someone believes that suicide is a viable option to solve their problems, it is a mental disorder NOT selfishness or a display of weak character. Unfortunately they are at rock bottom emotionally and can’t see that things will turn around or that others care about them. I would be very cautious when saying these things aloud because you never know who has a family member or friend that has died by suicide.

    • Jenn

      That doesn’t just sound heartless, your comment IS heartless. I think maybe YOU need to get past yourself. Try to put yourself in others shoes before making such rash comments. Weak character? Please. I sincerely hope you never feel hopeless and helpless to the point where death seems the only way to relief. I would hate for people to leave such judegemental comments about you.

  • Renee

    suicide is a very selfish act, and they are not thinking of anyone else but themselves

    • Deedee

      People with suicidal tendancies can’t think. Caused on by stress, depression or some other psychological problem.

    • MIke

      Where in the story has it been determined that she committed suicide?
      Check your personality disorder and bias at the door before you decide to enter a comment section with self appeasing comments that do nothing but acknowledge your insensitivity towards others.

      • kate

        The person intentionally walked out into traffic and laid down. How could it be anything other than suicide?

        • Andria

          Could it have been someone with severe mental disabilities? Or, someone who was disoriented for some reason? Medication? Drugs? A medical issue? While it’s likely it is suicide, it’s not entirely out the question that it was something else.

          • Monica

            Yes, but even if it is someone with a mental disability, they still knew the outcome of laying down in front of traffic going 55 miles an hr plus… So i still think either way, it was a suicide.

  • rottdogge

    You have no idea what help this woman did or didn’t get. Many who committ suicide have no history of illness. You can’t assert a diagnosis without knowing anyting about this woman. Some who committ suicide may do so in a flash of heartache and hopelessness, but that doesn’t necessarily qualify as illness. Or maybe thousands were spent trying to help this woman and she hit the street anyway and committed suicide. Let your pity be rational. and don’t forget…the diagnosis of mental illness is thrown around in today’s medical realm like the common cold.

    • dpm1228

      Um…….Not to mention that this person could have killed someone, I agree with the other posts. This was a very selfish act. Now these people that are involved have to live with this the rest of their lives.

    • Char

      Do you really think a person would go out into rush hour traffic, lay down in the middle of the road if she were rational? .

      • sure

        why not?
        I did it on 393 3 weeks ago tonight.
        Maybe the drivers were just better huh?

      • jackactionhero

        Rational? If you want to be certain of your own death, I’d say that’s thinking pretty clearly to me.

  • Jenn

    My fiance and I were driving southbound on 94 last night at 11:30p and this person was standing at the side of the road, with dark clothes, a dark hat, expressionless, facing oncoming traffic, arms by their side. It was very strange and in hindsight I truly regret not calling the strange behavior in to the authorities to investigate. At first glance, I thought it was a man. But when we drove by the person’s face looked more like that of a woman’s. I’m so sorry to the everyone involved in this morning’s accident and to the victim’s family. So very sad.

  • tan pup

    This reminds me of the suicides in Palo Alto in 2009 where 4 high school students committed suicide by stepping in front of a commuter train – how sad to think you are so sad and hopeless . . . Those of you who are making such mean comments, you are as selfish as those for whom you label. Suicide has no explanations. What is really sad, for those of you who feel she could have gone for help, you are the same people who comment “not on my tax dollar” for programs that go toward helping people with dispirit situations.. Think about that next time you see a “sad” person standing in the cold as you check your time stamp on your $4 cup of coffee.

    • f you

      Feel better about yourself? Why are you attacking the person that checked their time stamp, that person was just able to add personal observations. So you attack the price of his/her coffee? I work in this area, when I drive home today I do not expect to see any homeless begging because you helped them. If I see them, I’ll just assume you lecture others while putting 10 cents in salvation army bucket. You’re so superior!!

      • KH.

        I was thinking the same thing as tan pup. Instead of “how horrible for all the people involved in this tragedy and that person that I saw in their last moments” her thoughts were “Gee whiz, time sure is a funny thing!”

        • AS

          I don’t think that was the intention of the person who posted that. I think it was more like, it’s funny how time works out. As in when you use the word funny meaning ironic. I really doubt this person thought that while chuckling, thinking “Gee whiz…”

  • kla

    Why in a time like this do we insist on asserting our own opinions. None of this is about any of you, unless you were involved or are family to this victim- so I think if you only want to provide us with your opinions, your being in the right, etc., save it for another time.

    • ez

      The victims here were the people who were forced to kill her.

      • kla

        ….Okay then.

  • CommonCents

    This women will be loved now, in Christ.

    • please

      What? Take that bible thumping bs somewhere else.

      • Moi


    • jackactionhero

      Actually if I remember the fire and damnation sermons of the christians, taking your own life is viewed as a mortal sin against god, and is punished by an eternity in some fiery pit of hell. Isn’t that how the script goes?

      • ann

        Yea it goes something like that-It’s on the Catholic Top Ten Sin List!!!!! You be going to HELL Lady.

  • sad situation

    It’s pretty obvious that this person was not thinking clearly or in her right mind. I understand that depression is a disease and not just “feeling sad”. But this person put other lives at risk. I feel worse for the person driving the vehicle(s) that hit her. That moment in time will stay with them from a very long time. If any of them are reading this, please know that this was not your fault. No matter what, there was nothing you could do to avoid the situation.

    • ksh

      I agree with “sad situation”

    • jackactionhero

      Why is it “pretty obvious”? Because you decided it, based on what it would take for YOU to do that?

      You can’t speak to her mental capacity any more than one of us can speak to what you dreamt about last night.

  • marie

    Perhaps the woman was selfish, only thinking about herself, but the same could be said about those who posted complaints about the woman. It is unfortunate that others will have lasting, horrible memories of being a participant in another’s suicide. Perhaps suicide should be legalized and some entrepeneurs could open up assisted suicide businesses. That way those selfish people could have their needs met in a humane method, without inconveniencing anyone. A win ~ win.

  • Jo

    I drove right past this person and after I heard what happened all I could think about was it could of been me who them.

  • Mr D

    Occupy 94.

  • ksh

    I also drove by this woman moments before it happened. A very dark and disturbing morning. What a helpless feeling to whiz past a tragedy in motion….something you have absolutely no control over….no 911 call would have been fast enough. You don’t know this person or their story, but yet you know their fate. Sad situation for those involved—they had no choice in the matter.

    • Mike

      I saw her too, she was 1 lane into the freeway on the right hand side. I called 911 who said help was on the way. My brother who was 10 minutes behind me drove by to see her body covered with a tarp.

      Very sad and disturbing

  • Ann

    It says they’re still looking for the 2 vehicles that were “involved in the incident”. Neither driver stopped??? O.O

    • ez

      If it was a semi the driver would not even have known.

  • Kristine Thompson

    There’s alot of messed up,cruel people out there.

  • me

    Not everyone is always looking for someone to sue. Don’t project yourself onto others.

  • amm

    I know exactly how this woman was feeling. I feel it every single day. Being a mother is the only thing keeping me alive. I’m present just to be present in their lives but beyond that, I am nothing. I am thankful that this woman is now free from the emotional pain that life brought her but extremely sorry for the family’s loss. I am appalled that the drivers involved did not even stop. That’s the heartless part, right there.

    • Callina

      Please find someone to talk to! There are crisis lines, meetings, therapists, pastors, etc., who want to help. Do it for your children if you can’t do it for yourself. Please.

    • Kate-Madonna Hindes

      I am so glad to see someone else replied. I know there’s nothing I could say in the comment box that would even compare to the pain you are feeling, but I wanted to prove you matter and that many people care. You can call: 1.800.Suicide. The number is free and they can help. If you are in the area, I’ll take you out for coffee, I’ll listen and do whatever I can to help. Here’s my email: thegirl@girlmeetsgeek.com I think you are incredibly courageous for speaking your mind and a helluva mom to fight the emotional pain to be there for your children. Thinking of you, AMM.

    • ksh

      AMM–please do find some help for yourself~ I have kids too and it sounds like you love them dearly~so get help for yourself AND for them. There is hope, you just have to seek it out.

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