MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A pedestrian was killed after an accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 694 at McKnight Road.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. on westbound I-694. The White Bear Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol said the person killed was a man, but his name has not yet been released. Roeske said the man pulled his vehicle over to the shoulder, got out of his car and lay down in the right lane of westbound I-694. He was struck and killed by a semi.

Westbound Interstate 694 was shut down from Highway 120 to White Bear Avenue for about four hours while authorities to investigated the accident. Roeske said the westbound lanes of I-694 reopened at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Comments (53)
  1. Miike says:

    people who commit suicide do not care about others. It’s a very selfish act where they are not thinking of the others they are hurting too.

    1. Real Talk says:

      The person already freakin KILLED themselves they were hurting so bad….you really need to kick that horse one last time by name calling.

      You are a jerk and i wish we were only lucky enough to have you be that “selfish”.

      1. Justmyopinion says:

        I agree killing yourself is selfish and to bring other people down with you makes it even more selfish. That semi driver could get his license taken away for this. No doubt was this man hurting but people need to realize that this is not the way to fix things.

      2. Kelly B says:

        The selfish comment referring to the male not thinking of the impact his action would have on others. The driver of the semi is a victim of this act, due to the selfish thinking of the male.
        Imagine the emotional impact on the drive knowing he hit and killed someone. I doubt knowing that was what the male wanted to happen will ease the psychological impact.
        I understand the male was suffering, but pulling other people into his decision was a selfish act.

        1. Mark B says:

          Get a clue, Kelly B: People who commit suicide are mentally ill. In most cases it’s not a rational act.

          1. Open_mike says:

            Mark, are you trying to tell us you knew what the man was thinking when he laid down in traffic? Oh I forgot you cornered the market when dealing with people with mental illness, what could we possibly know about it. Mentally ill our not he risked other people’s lives to end his own, that sounds pretty selfish to me. Wait don’t tell me I’m CLUELESS….

            1. Mark B says:

              Suicide in this manner is not a rational act. What about that do you not understand? And why do you lack any human compassion?

      3. Josh says:

        It was completely selfish! If you are hurting that bad and feel the need to commit suicide do not bring innocent people into it! Your comment is ignorant.

      4. Matt says:

        whatever id…ot, don’t you get it that he could’ve cause an accident that could’ve killed innocent people? If he wanted to kill himself, he should’ve jump off the cliff into Mississippi river, it’s not other people’s fault that he didn’t want to live.

        1. Mark B says:

          Apparently, you have no clue that most people who commit suicide in this manner are mentally disturbed — as are people who lack basic levels of human compassion.

    2. Mark B says:

      People who commit suicide are not ABLE to care about others. They are suffering, disturbed individuals who cannot make rational choices.

  2. T says:

    First those poor innocent little deer and now this.

    I really don’t care about the deer and I really don’t care about someone who would do that to an innocent truck driver either. The victim here is that truck driver and everyone else that had to witness it.

    1. Nillok says:

      I agree 100%…A Cowards last act indeed..I feel for the guy that hit him because he has to live that over and over! We drove by as the trooper laid the white sheet over the body minutes after it happened. We were at a crawl so I feel bad for the 50 or so cars ahead of us that had to see his uncovered body. If someone hates life that bad they don’t have to risk others to end the one they have. Thank god for the professional driver that did hit him and that he was able to get his rig safely off the road before more innocent lives were lost!

    2. Mark B says:

      Apparently, you have emotional problems and are not capable of feeling human compassion.

  3. Real Talk says:

    Just put two and two together sweetheart. How do you change a tire by laying flat in the middle of the road? Think it through…

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You think someone named “brittany” knows how to change a tire?


      1. Real Talk says:

        It is funny. Because you dont even really need to know how to change a tire to understand what was going on here. You just need the basic concept of where tires go on a car and compare that to the description of the mans actions. LOL

  4. dhillips says:

    A GOOD Republican? Whats that? Be more suicides with a Republican in office!

  5. Susan says:

    This is not a pedestrian if he pulled his car over, got out and layed down in the road. It is not as though he was taking a casual stroll down the freeway, it was blatant suicide.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You are an idiot, Susan.

      Anybody not in their car, and on foot, is a pedestrian. I mean really. How embarrassing for you.

      1. barney says:

        It must be difficult and burdensome to carry around all that perfection of yours.

        Your cup overfloweth … much like the dupa drop in the fishbowl.

        1. jackactionhero says:

          No perfection here, barney, trust me.

          But as soon as a motorist leaves his vehicle, he’s a pedestrian. Period. Unless he plops himself into a wheelchair I suppose.

          I’m just curious as to what his status was, since Susan says he got out of his car. What was he then, an airplane?

          I don’t mind you insulting me, barney, but let’s at least be honest with each other and call a horse a horse.

    2. Susan says:

      A pedestrian is a person traveling on foot, whether walking or running. Don’t believe hime to be doing either buddy.

      1. Susan says:

        My comment is the direct meaning of Pedestrian from Wikipedia, it also included a skatboard I believe and another device on wheels. It does not however include the interpretation of a Pedestrian being someone who removed himself from a moving or parked vehicle on a freeway and placed himself in the middle of the road with moving traffic. THAT should NOT be under moderation! Unless of course you feel the need to sensor free speach or facts. In that case I move for good to KARE11 for my accurate news.

      2. jackactionhero says:

        So he didn’t get to the middle of the road by foot? He levitated there or possibly disassembled and reassembled the atoms of his being right in traffic?

  6. Al says:

    This just happened in the suburbs of Detroit – firefighter pretended to be changing a tire (it wasn’t flat) and laid in the right lane of traffic. Disgusting.

  7. okay - got it all says:

    Joe laid the dude out and ol’ Amy was making a dry run and …
    see, the deal is this. Officer Roeske of course did NOT see a thing and he’s relying on a witness…but the witness doesn’t for certain no what he saw as he was traveling down the road at 60mph plus…… so think about it people. 😉

  8. Jan says:

    Very mature. Hope you need a state patrol someday and none are around.

  9. JustSayin says:

    Come on………….

  10. Brian says:

    WCCO is including all of the information they have. There are policies and procedures in place for stuff like this. The police agencies can’t just release information to the media at will. How would you like to learn about a family member or friend being killed in a crash on the internet? Not only that, but the cause of death is usually determined by the medical examiner. They’re the ones who decide whether it was suicide, accidental, or whatever. WCCO doesn’t really have that authority.

  11. Corkscrew says:

    Scary, I missed this accident by like 15 min. I feel for the poor semi driver, I would be devastated if I hit someone, even if it was an act of suicide.

  12. Chaskat says:

    a sad event. i feel bad for all involved.
    i also feel bad reading the course tone in these comments.
    passive aggression is alive & well on the intertoobz

  13. we says:

    Sounds like suicide by semi, poor soul God speed.

  14. Kevin says:

    This mirrors the incident on 94 around broadway a couple months ago…..When a woman did the same thing to kill herself……sad…so sad….

    1. rip van winkle says:

      *yawn*…i’m so tired

  15. Mark B says:

    I feel sorry for the man who died today, and relieved that no one else was injured or killed. He must have been in an awful place to do something so terrible.

    1. Benny says:

      I agree with you Mark, There has to be so much pain in the person to do this, and they are not thinking correctly. They are in so much pain. My condolences to his family & friends who will have to live with this persons decision to end his life. Also, I feel really sad for the driver and the people who saw this. So traumatic. I wish someone had been able to stop him from doing this. For those of you who think this is cowardly and that this person didn’t care, I hope you don’t ever have to know someone personally someone who decides to die by suicide.

      1. Sue says:

        I agree with Mark B and Benny. It is tragic all around. It’s hard to imagine how horrible it would be to carry around so much pain that it would lead you to lay down in a busy road. My condolences to the family of this person, and the truck driver.

  16. Andre says:

    Wow… I went to school with this guy since I was in 3rd grade… I’m 22 now. This sucks so bad. He was the nicest person you’d meet. I’m shocked.

  17. Kcirtap says:

    Mental illness gone unchecked.

  18. Toni says:

    The whole ordeal is tragic and I am sorry for everyone involved. I have always agreed that suicide is indeed a very selfish act, since this is something the living people pay for in mental anguish for the rest of their lives. However, we do not know the state of mind he was in before committing suicide. Like Andre said above that he was a very nice guy and was shocked he did this. What happened that day or that week in his life? Was committing suicide something he actually thought about, or did he just snap for some reason, pull over, and lay down in a state of confusion? I am not minimizing what the poor semi driver went through by any means, because I feel horrible for him. All I am saying is that we don’t know why he did what he did.

  19. PFred says:

    This man must have had so much pain in his life that he wanted to end it this way. No one who has commented here thinks about the possible severe depression that may have led to this act of desperation. I feel awful for this man’s family and friends. I feel awful for the truck driver who is now a victim and will have to live the rest of his life with this horrible and tragic memory. When people are this depressed or desperate, they don’t think logically or about anyone else, they just think about what is the fastest way to end their pain and for him to have thought this was it, he must have had some serious issues going on in his life. Have some sympathy for the man.

    1. Mark B says:

      Thank you for being a voice of reason and compassion.

  20. AG says:

    My boyfriend and I were heading eastbound on 694 yesterday when this horrific event happened. I was driving so I was watching the road in front of me. My boyfriend however saw the whole thing unfold, he yelled “Oh my gosh, some dude just got hit by that truck.” I looked and saw the truck pulling over and the guys lifeless body laying there. My boyfriend said he saw the guy dart out of his car and run right in front of the truck, and then saw his body flying through the air and tumble to the ground. My first question is who gave the State Patrol information that he was laying on the freeway? Secondly, should we be contacting the State Patrol with what we saw, or what my boyfriend saw?

    1. Toni says:

      How terrible for you both, and something you will most likely never forget. I would think that the police would like to hear from you since you actually saw it happen. Just my guess, but it wouldn’t hurt.

    2. MNtwins1972 says:

      This is exactly what happened. He did not lay down, he ran right at the semi. They also left out, that the semi-truck driver helped perform CPR and they also didn’t mention that the truck driver was carrying a full load of fuel! This could have been a horrific accident, with many more people being injured or killed. The truck driver is a hero and now he must live with this horrible image in his mind for the rest of his life.

      1. joe says:

        the truck driver is not a hero I was there and the truck driver didn’t even get out of the truck to check on this guy and he didn’t preform cpr . that guy did run in front of the truck though.

  21. Erik says:

    WCCO: Open a map of the northeast metro, notice that hwy 120 is considered “East County Line”. This accident occured in Ramsey County.

  22. CLARA says:



  23. sandy says:

    Yes, I totally agree Clara. Thank you for saying this.

    1. Scared Silly says:

      Why do you feel the need to post something just to say you agree..who cares?

  24. Stephanie says:

    My aunt knew the boy and his family and you people name calling and acting like you knew the situation should be ashamed of yourself. You are saying that they only think of themselves when they do something like that and yes the family is grieving but how do you think they would feel to know what you are saying about their son/brother? It’s very inconsiderate and sad to see how quickly people can judge others.

    1. Stephanie says:

      And did you by chance know the he was a donor? Approximately 50 of his organs were donated. Think about that when you are voicing your opinions.

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