Child survives I-494 rollover, mother...

Child survives I-494 rollover, mother dead

There are 34 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 15, 2011, titled Child survives I-494 rollover, mother dead. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A woman is dead and a toddler hospitalized after an accident on Interstate 494 in Maple Grove early today.

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Doobie Brother

Somerset, WI

#1 Jan 15, 2011
Very sad.
Murph

Tomah, WI

#2 Jan 15, 2011
I am guessing it was probably a SUV the lady was driving! A car would have more likely stayed upright and come to a stop in the median snow! Tragic results happen in this kind of weather.I won't drive to the Twin Cities in the winter.
lol

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jan 15, 2011
Your from WI and we would rather you stay there all year long.

Was it a killer SUV like you said? Did the SUV kill her? All SUVs start out with good intentions and when they get around other SUVs they get influenced to do deadly things.
Murph wrote:
I am guessing it was probably a SUV the lady was driving! A car would have more likely stayed upright and come to a stop in the median snow! Tragic results happen in this kind of weather.I won't drive to the Twin Cities in the winter.
Ned

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jan 15, 2011
"Investigators don't know why the oncoming Camry couldn't stop, Roeske said, pointing out that the trucks were able to stop."

Um, hello?? It was a Camry! Maybe the gas pedal was stuck???
Toadman

Maple Grove, MN

#6 Jan 15, 2011
Some reports say she was not wearing her seat belt. Why on earth don't people wear seat belts?
Makes Mesick

Le Sueur, MN

#7 Jan 15, 2011
I won't talk about the driver not being belted but instead the tragic situation where the other car came along and killed the woman. People need to slow down at the first signs of a disturbance on the road. Defensive driving is all about paying attention not wondering why two trucks pulled off the side of the road all of a sudden. There's a reason for abrupt moves by cars or trucks ahead. Sad. Can you imagine being injured and helpless laying on the road and to be struck and killed. Possibly the trucks could have stopped behind the woman and at least if the truck was rear ended it would have saved the injured woman. Nightmares for all inolved. The poor child will wonder why mommy never returned for him/her. Slow down people and buckle up.

Rest in Peace and my heart goes out to all who are hurting
jade_rak

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#8 Jan 15, 2011
Rest in peace Amanda. We will miss your smile and your friendliness. Our thoughts and prayers are with your daughter and your family.

Such an awful tragedy that happened to such a wonderful person.
Rice St

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jan 15, 2011
I was in the area of 694 & 494 about 2 hours after this 'Sad story' hit the media, and seen a car flipped over on 694 (Maple Grove) right before 494.

The roads in the Metro were very slippery until I hit rogers.

It always seems the roads in the metro have more Ice on them compared to the outer edges of the metro after a snow. Better Plowing & Salting??

The poster above got it right! If you see traffic slowing down, don't just go around them, take the time to see why they are slowing down..

Winter driving on Freeways is just like playing Russian Roulette.. Keep Safe People!
The Rapture

Lakeville, MN

#10 Jan 15, 2011
Murph wrote:
I am guessing it was probably a SUV the lady was driving! A car would have more likely stayed upright and come to a stop in the median snow! Tragic results happen in this kind of weather.I won't drive to the Twin Cities in the winter.
Did you come to this conclusion based on your engineering degree from dumb ash university? Thank you for not driving to the Twin Cities in the winter...could you also expand that policy to spring, summer and autumn also? Twin City roads are in better condition than rural roads.
If I were you

Beaverton, OR

#11 Jan 15, 2011
my biggest worry would be I-90 between LaCrosse and Rochester...that is some treacherous road! My daughter graduated from UWL and we traveled it often and were forced off the road once in bad weather, were nearly killed. It can be dangerous anywhere. Such a sad story, my heart goes out to the family, and especially the daughter...God Bless them.
Murph wrote:
I am guessing it was probably a SUV the lady was driving! A car would have more likely stayed upright and come to a stop in the median snow! Tragic results happen in this kind of weather.I won't drive to the Twin Cities in the winter.
Walt Kowalski

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jan 15, 2011
You're an idiot for blaming the southbound vehicle. You don't know what actually happened and to say they did something wrong makes you look foolish.
Makes Mesick wrote:
I won't talk about the driver not being belted but instead the tragic situation where the other car came along and killed the woman. People need to slow down at the first signs of a disturbance on the road. Defensive driving is all about paying attention not wondering why two trucks pulled off the side of the road all of a sudden. There's a reason for abrupt moves by cars or trucks ahead. Sad. Can you imagine being injured and helpless laying on the road and to be struck and killed. Possibly the trucks could have stopped behind the woman and at least if the truck was rear ended it would have saved the injured woman. Nightmares for all inolved. The poor child will wonder why mommy never returned for him/her. Slow down people and buckle up.
Rest in Peace and my heart goes out to all who are hurting
tyra

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jan 16, 2011
people really need to slow down.
Liberal Bill in St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jan 16, 2011
Yes...very tragic. Interesting the mother made sure the child was secure but neglected to secure herself.

Please people, buckle-up. Think of the loved ones who will miss you if you don't.
reality

Eden Prairie, MN

#16 Jan 16, 2011
I see WAY too many women on the roads that consider the operation of the two-ton vehicle they are driving to be second or third priority in their lives at that moment. Sorry ladies, it's like 10-1 men to women.

Twice in one week I was given the finger by women who were texting on the highway, in the left lane, on ice-covered roads. Given the FINGER!.. for simply honking at them to pay attention!

Women are OUT OF CONTROL on our freeways.. AND pretty hateful at that..
Mary Allen

AOL

#17 Jan 16, 2011
tyra wrote:
people really need to slow down.
Yes slow down!! Wear the seatbelt and put the phone down and stop texting!! I am not saying she was doing this, but the young ones today always have one eye on the little screen, and that takes the attention off the road. There will be lots more of these things as the years go by. Let's hope people get smarter as making it illegal will do no good.
Mother Government

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jan 16, 2011
nofear wrote:
sorry she's dead but only stoopid people don't use seat belts. i hope nobody ever tells her kid that she basically decided if there was a crash she didnt want to survive it...
I know why don't we make a law that requires all polioce departments to pull over each car and see if you jave your seatbelt on.

We could say this is the "Government is your Mother law." I know lets outlaw smoking in bars. I know lets outlaw smoking in public outdoor parks. There is no end as to the regulation government can heap on you all. Thankfully the Minnesota Progressive DFL has this same view. They want to control every aspect of your life, but the only one who should control your life is YOU! Self responsibility.

This is a very bad situation that ended in a sad way. My prayers go out to the family.
Umm

Eden Prairie, MN

#19 Jan 16, 2011
Walt Kowalski wrote:
You're an idiot for blaming the southbound vehicle. You don't know what actually happened and to say they did something wrong makes you look foolish.
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Yeah makes a lot of sense, Walt. So the next time cars slow down for something in the freeway, it's your right to keep your foot on the gas, regardless of what's ahead, and just plow into whatever is in the road? Your the fool, Idiot. SLOW DOWN ! I see drivers blow by me all the time in the left lane when EVERYONE is slowing WAY down for something ahead. As if they are saying, " I don't need to act responsibly here.. not my prob.."

The roads are seriously crazy now, with angry lunatics everywhere. And to obsolve the person who plowed into this woman, even after two trucks were able to slow to avoid the non-seatbelt-wearing lady, is really silly.
Canofworms

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jan 16, 2011
reality wrote:
I see WAY too many women on the roads that consider the operation of the two-ton vehicle they are driving to be second or third priority in their lives at that moment. Sorry ladies, it's like 10-1 men to women.
Twice in one week I was given the finger by women who were texting on the highway, in the left lane, on ice-covered roads. Given the FINGER!.. for simply honking at them to pay attention!
Women are OUT OF CONTROL on our freeways.. AND pretty hateful at that..
You just opened a can of worms with that post.:)
Canofworms

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Jan 16, 2011
Seatbelts, people! Seatbelts! They can be the difference!
Makes Mesick

Le Sueur, MN

#22 Jan 16, 2011
Hey Walt Kowalski, below is a example of a 66-year-old guy in a hurry sees cars slowed down and stopped and he figures "Screw em" and takes to the right shoulder running down a 3 year old boy crossing the highway (other cars had cautiously stopped and waited for the boy to stop with his older borther). One is bound by state law to have their vehicle under control at all times. If the road conditions on I-494 were icy, such as black ice, one is expected to drive with caution? Walt Kowalski No? Yes? I'm not blaming the driver in the Toyota I'm just saying the situation turned into a double tradegy. Now the Toyota driver shares in the sorrow as well as long as the person lives. Driving in Minnesota isn't a right it's a priviledge.

"A 66-year-old Crosslake man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a 3-year-old boy. The Crow Wing County sheriff's office says Jack Larson of Buffalo was in Merrifield visiting his grandparents for Mother's Day weekend when he was killed Saturday. Jack was with several other children who were crossing a road. Traffic had stopped to let the children to cross when authorities say a van driven by Sherman Bernard Frederick passed the waiting cars on the right shoulder and struck Jack. The boy died at the scene. Frederick was charged Tuesday with criminal vehicular homicide, reckless driving and failure to produce proof of insurance."

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