White Bear Lake woman dies of hypothe...

White Bear Lake woman dies of hypothermia on walk home from bar

There are 155 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 21, 2011, titled White Bear Lake woman dies of hypothermia on walk home from bar. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Sonja Gail Smith was apparently walking home after a night at a White Bear Lake bar when she succumbed to the elements and died, the Ramsey County sheriff's office said Monday.

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groovygirlisback

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 22, 2011
This is sad - I have taken many a drunk trek home myself so God Bless this woman because it could have just as easily been me.
none

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 22, 2011
"Gustafson said preliminary tests show she had a blood-alcohol level of .164, or just over twice the legal limit for driving. "

So what? She wasn't driving.
Victim of the Economy

Saint Cloud, MN

#6 Mar 22, 2011
Hypothermia didn't kill her, Drinking did! Im sure a sad ending to a sad life. Least the kids stand a chance!
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#10 Mar 22, 2011
Someone should have given her a ride home. If she stayed at the bar after the boyfriend was kicked out I'm guessing other people where there who were friends or at least knew her.

“Ahhhh hee ahw”

Since: Aug 09

Twin Cities

#12 Mar 22, 2011
Shame on those who use the occasion of this young lady's death to criticize her. They obviously have no clue what it is like to lose a close, young loved one. Some day, some may.

Prayers to the family
she was prob a good lady

Des Moines, IA

#14 Mar 22, 2011
Just like the song only the good die young. Do you know how many drunkin good 4 nothin waist of skin people I know who stumble thru life causing nothing but heartaches for everyone who comes in contact with them! Too bad
insensative

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 22, 2011
Somehow I have the feeling some as$ is gonna make this the bar's fault.
Angry local

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Mar 22, 2011
Who do people think they are! What is the point of making rude and hurtfull comments? Sonja was very loved and will be missed by so many. Your comments are not helping anyone! Please realize the severity of this situation and keep your hatefullness to yourself!

Since: Mar 09

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#17 Mar 22, 2011
none wrote:
"Gustafson said preliminary tests show she had a blood-alcohol level of .164, or just over twice the legal limit for driving. "
So what? She wasn't driving.
that's right, she wasn't driving. She was being responsible and NOT driving, yet report seems to desparage her for drinking.

0.164% is certainly not too drunk to walk home.

Since: Mar 09

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#18 Mar 22, 2011
By the way -Pioneer Press-

it's 0.164%
That pesky little percent symbol makes a huge difference.

0.164 means 16.4% and is medically impossible.
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Hugo, MN

#19 Mar 22, 2011
Victim of the Economy wrote:
Hypothermia didn't kill her, Drinking did! Im sure a sad ending to a sad life. Least the kids stand a chance!
I am sure you never made bad choices in your life ever?I hope you are proud of yourself? You are so rude .hope you are not like this in person? How come people don't know the difference between there and their?
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Hugo, MN

#20 Mar 22, 2011
Doug Huberts wrote:
Their are decent guys out there that not only are not drunken fools, but also make good role models to help raise two children. Hopefully they can find a good home for the kids and the father is not a drunken loser.
It's THERE are not their !!!
Concerned

Lake Elmo, MN

#21 Mar 22, 2011
This is a terribly sad situation. Sonja was not as she's being depicted here. She was funny, witty,loving, caring, with a beautiful smile and a beautiful outlook on life. There was a bright light that shined when she would walk in the room. Please allow this beautiful soul to rest in peace. Those who know her are seriously grieving this monumental loss. Be kind.

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Nancy Mother of 4

Ballwin, MO

#23 Mar 22, 2011
You people and your way of thinking. So sorry you don't enjoy life with having kids and all, but I have 4 and if I ever get a chance to go (which is maybe 2 times a year) I enjoy myself and because I don't want to drive and kill people or have an accident or end up in jail away from my children I take a taxi or also Walk! You have no heart, and this women should be considered a hero and not a loser as some of you have put it, if she would have killed someone what would you have called her????? You ALL WHO HAVE ANYTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT THIS WOMEN ARE LOSERS!!!! She is a mother, mother of 2 she deserves respect, at least she was trying to dot he right thing and because of it she is dead.

I feel deeply saddened for the children, and her family.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#24 Mar 22, 2011
My prayers go out for her children, who are too young to lose their mom but old enough to understand their loss and the series of bad decisions that were made to seal their mother's fate. Her kids will always be in my heart and I pray they have a close relative or father to be there for them.
Nancy Mother of 4

Ballwin, MO

#25 Mar 22, 2011
ron burgandy wrote:
Mother of the Year.
HOW ABOUT YOU RON? FATHER OF THE YEAR?????
Maybe someday

Delano, MN

#26 Mar 22, 2011
none wrote:
"Gustafson said preliminary tests show she had a blood-alcohol level of .164, or just over twice the legal limit for driving. "
So what? She wasn't driving.
Maybe someday they will figure out what causes people to get drunk.

So what is the legal limit for walking?

Maybe bars that serve alcohol cause people to get drunk?

Maybe bars should have a BAC check for people leaving their place of business and only allow people to leave IF they can "drive" or "walk".

If people leaving a bar are to drunk to drive OR walk then maybe the bar should be required to call a cab for the drunk.

MAYBE......
Perry White

Guntown, MS

#28 Mar 22, 2011
highland guy wrote:
By the way -Pioneer Press-
it's 0.164%
That pesky little percent symbol makes a huge difference.
0.164 means 16.4% and is medically impossible.
My motto: Never let the facts get in the way of a sensational story.
AnotherDum1

Red Wing, MN

#29 Mar 22, 2011
highland guy wrote:
<quoted text>
that's right, she wasn't driving. She was being responsible and NOT driving, yet report seems to desparage her for drinking.
0.164% is certainly not too drunk to walk home.
I do not know if you could necessarily say she was being responsible. Her BAC was 0.164% at least 12 hours later when she was found dead. I am not sure the exact equation but I am willing to bet a lot of money that level was much much higher when she left the bar. Drinking that much is hardly responsible. Despite all of that she still has 2 children that must live with this terrible event for the rest of their lives.
Rob

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Mar 22, 2011
Maybe someday wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe someday they will figure out what causes people to get drunk.
So what is the legal limit for walking?
Maybe bars that serve alcohol cause people to get drunk?
Maybe bars should have a BAC check for people leaving their place of business and only allow people to leave IF they can "drive" or "walk".
If people leaving a bar are to drunk to drive OR walk then maybe the bar should be required to call a cab for the drunk.
MAYBE......
Maybe you could mind your own business.

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