BROWN COUNTY, Minn. (WCCO) — One woman is dead after the car she was riding was backing up on a county road and was rear-ended by a vehicle traveling in the same direction.

The accident happened around 10:15 a.m. Saturday in Brown County on County Road 29. A 73-year-old woman from Sleepy Eye was backing up on County Road 29 after missing the turn for County Road 8, according the Minnesota State Patrol.

A vehicle traveling in the same direction by an 82-year-old woman from New Ulm struck the vehicle backing up from behind.

One woman, 76-year-old Joann Schroeder of Sleepy Eye, was a passenger in the car backing up. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Injuries to the drivers and other passengers have not been released.

Comments (10)
  1. Alden says:

    I thought this is why backing up on public roads is illegal. I’m sorry for the loss but she kinda had it coming. I can’t tell you how many people I see on 35W back up when they miss their exit. It makes me want to see the clobbered for doing it.

    1. debbie says:

      The victim was a passenger in the back seat if you read this article! poor lady!

    2. awc says:

      That a boy Aldy. Tell um. If you break the law in this State your passenger should die because of it.

      1. debbie says:

        @Awc, Not that this article is funny in any way but the wording in your response gave me a good laugh. Thanks!

      2. Alden says:

        The driver should be held responsible for her death, too.

  2. blah says:

    155 years old the two combined, yet many people think teen drivers are worse, I would say its a tough call, both groups are terrible drivers

  3. Malthus says:

    Statistically, teens are far worse drivers than the elderly. That is why their insurance premiums are higher.

    1. Me says:

      Yes, but teens have a much lower fatality rate than the elderly. How many times is the driver elderly when it’s a car hitting a crowd or driving into a business? Nearly every time.

  4. Pete says:

    Teens take chances. Want to see how fast dads car can go. Show off… The elderly are usually on their way to pick-up heart meds or fiber. Not joy riding. Never the less their driving is bad.

  5. Al says:

    .Hey, folks…..let’s not forget those middle aged drivers that are now prevalent in large numbers (in all states on all roads) who tweet, text, twit and dial smart phones while driving. These are dangerous individuals that need to be curtailed from driving if they are repeat offenders. Old folks generally do not know how to text or tweet and usually do not own a smart phone.

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