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

Full story: TwinCities.com

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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Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#31 Mar 22, 2011
AnotherDum1 wrote:
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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.
You do realize your blood alcohol level isn't going to continue to drop after you're dead right??

She was FOUND 12 hours later. Doesn't mean she died 12 hours later. She could have died 12 hours before and therefore her BAC was .164% AT THE TIME of death.

FYI: Death has a nasty tendency to cause internal organs to stop working
Maybe someday

Plymouth, MN

#32 Mar 22, 2011
Rob wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you could mind your own business.
It is MY BUSINESS!!

When drunks drive home on a public road they might just kill me.

Why don't YOU mind your own business?
Doug Huberts

United States

#33 Mar 22, 2011
1 strike wrote:
<quoted text>It's THERE are not their !!!
NOTED!!!
caring

Hartford, CT

#34 Mar 22, 2011
There are different situations that people do not know about. I wish that others would not critize and jump to conclusions when they really have no clue. This woman may have had a hard time in her life early on but changed it since then. I know she was very caring and loved her children more than anything. RIP Sonja Everyone else, leave this alone - friends and family are looking at this getting more sad and upset by it and they do not need that.
LivingInMN

Menahga, MN

#35 Mar 22, 2011
Prayers to her family and friends grieving her loss.
Wanna know

Saint Paul, MN

#36 Mar 22, 2011
Concerned wrote:
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.
I would encourage family members to stop reading comments on this article. The majority of comments made on any article are cruel and hateful, written by people who have never once made a mistake or used poor judgment (heavy sarcasm). I thnik most people have empathy and compassion for the loss of life, and the fact that two children will grow up without a mother.
Doug Huberts

United States

#37 Mar 22, 2011
joe wrote:
hey Doug, It takes two to make it work Why are you down on him maybe it was her not abls to keep her pants up when out and about. I had one like this and it is no fun So until you see the big picture go out and get a job and stop writing things yu do not understand
Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin down the plain...
AnotherDum1

Minneapolis, MN

#38 Mar 22, 2011
kecker wrote:
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You do realize your blood alcohol level isn't going to continue to drop after you're dead right??
She was FOUND 12 hours later. Doesn't mean she died 12 hours later. She could have died 12 hours before and therefore her BAC was .164% AT THE TIME of death.
FYI: Death has a nasty tendency to cause internal organs to stop working
My apologies, I simply assumed she did not die upon walking out the door only because she would have been found on the front steps of the bar. Therefore lets say she was alive for even a few hours; in the few hours she was alive her body was metabolizing the alcohol. One could simply assume that when she left the bar her BAC was higher than .164%. My point is it is hard to believe she only had a .164% upon leaving...
jodi k

Saint Paul, MN

#39 Mar 22, 2011
Sonja was a great mother who always worked hard to support her family. What happened was a horrible accident. Her sunny smile will be greatly missed.
Maybe someday

Plymouth, MN

#40 Mar 22, 2011
Rob wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you could mind your own business.
Futhermore, what is the cost of all the damage drunks do to themselves and others?

What is the cost of police investigating this death?

What is the cost to society of raising these two kids?

MAYBE some day DRUNKS will pay for their habit!
BRuTaL BRuNeTTe ITaLiANO

Minneapolis, MN

#41 Mar 22, 2011
It's no ones fault~~I have walked home many times also drunk. I just live down the road from where she was found. Very sad that not one person seen she was so drunk. And again, Alot of times the alcohol don't hit ya til you get in those brutal elements~~R.I.P Pretty GurrrL~~
Rob

Minneapolis, MN

#42 Mar 22, 2011
Maybe someday wrote:
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It is MY BUSINESS!!
When drunks drive home on a public road they might just kill me.
Why don't YOU mind your own business?
Stay home!(and mind your own business)
Ben

United States

#43 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!


Screw you, what this article fails to mention is the freezing rain and the fact that she wasn't dressed to walk home in the rain. She had a ride home but they failed to come. Alcohol thins your blood which is why she got hypothermia so easily. She wasn't irresponsible in any sort of way. She is one of the most caring people I have ever known. She raised her kids to be wonderful people and they will go far in life. Sonja may you rest in peace and watch over your children. I'm sorry the lord had To take you so soon but I realize now that he wanted a strong independent woman with him. I love you and you I will forever keep you in my heart. Love your cousin Ben

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sugaree

Saint Paul, MN

#44 Mar 22, 2011
tragic. it's a reminder that "there but for the grace of God go I..."
Maybe someday

Plymouth, MN

#45 Mar 22, 2011
Rob wrote:
<quoted text>Stay home!(and mind your own business)
Stay home!(and mind your own business)

Since: Apr 10

Saint Paul, MN

#47 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.
I do not see anything in the story that the boyfriend is the father of the children. So you don't know if the children have a decent father or not. So they may have a good home with him.
Rob

Minneapolis, MN

#48 Mar 22, 2011
Maybe someday wrote:
Drunks: will you all MAN UP!!
You defenders of drunks sound real DUMB!!!
May you ALL go out and get drunk at Don's Bar and die in a muddy field from hypothermia!!!
Well now the liberal jacka$$ comes out. If you don't like freedom you can leave. RIP Sonja.

Since: Mar 09

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#50 Mar 22, 2011
AnotherDum1 wrote:
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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.
Then hers would be the first dead body to process alcohol. AnotherDum1, indeed.

0.00164 is not totally wasted, by any means. The bar server called her a regular. I would presume that she occasionally drinks.
LAJ

Minneapolis, MN

#51 Mar 22, 2011
Maybe someday wrote:
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Drunks: will you all MAN UP!!
You defenders of drunks sound real DUMB!!!
May you ALL go out and get drunk at Don's Bar and die in a muddy field from hypothermia!!!
Get a Life! You disrepectful POS!
no luck guy

Minneapolis, MN

#52 Mar 22, 2011
Doug Huberts wrote:
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NOTED!!!
stuped!

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