Driver in fatal crash had history of police calls, authorities say

A Savage woman suspected of drinking before crashing into a Burnsville family and killing an 11-year-old boy had a history of alcohol-related police calls, authorities said Monday. Full Story
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Cole

Minneapolis, MN

#42 Jul 22, 2010
Anonymous wrote:
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I knew Leah too, she was crazy and refused to get help,cries out for help then doesn't take it. I even visited her when she was committed. Instead of taking her psychotropic meds, she got drunk and high.
Funny how you post as anonymous! What a friend you are, to sit on here and write crap about her...hope you sleep good tonight!
KRocK

Burnsville, MN

#43 Jul 22, 2010
Can someone please tell me where they are seeing the negative drug and alcohol tests? I have yet to see anything...
Cole wrote:
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Your an idot...you have no idea who she is or what she's been through ...and the comment about her being hispanic, get your facts staight before you make iggnorant comments. She has to live with the fact that she caused the death of an 11 yr old boy for the rest of her life.
BTW, her alcohol and drug tests came back negative. Get the facts before you make such judgemental comments. For those of you passing judgement, you should be ashamed in yourself!
Are you kidding

Saint Paul, MN

#44 Jul 22, 2010
P DuPont wrote:
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What is your experience with people being court ordered to treatment versus those who are there voluntarily?
A mixed bag. In the end people are not going to change
unless they truly want to. The ones who go into treatment
voluntarily usually do pretty well at first because the
desire is there vs. being ordered to go and just doing
what you think they want you to do until they turn their
backs. On the other hand you get younger people who are
scared of prison and will complete ordered treatment fairly
successfully out of fear. But either way, it all boils
down to follow up; if you have a case worker or parole
officer who cares and follows up regularly the success
rate is much higher. And the older one gets and the more
often the system lets them fall through the cracks (which
are the ones I work with now) the lower the success rate
is and the less they care.
I think most people would be amazed at how many there are
out there that can't control their behavior. And when
we recognize that we need to intervene immediately for
their, and our, sake. Treatment is always better than
jail, but when it doesn't work then jail is better than
allowing them to hurt someone. The "system" is simply
not willing to follow up and, if necessary, isolate.
When we plea bargain things away or not charge them with
the offenses they actually commit we feed the fire
(so to speak) and eventually they hurt themselves or
others. I have worked with 3 mentally ill people in
the last 9 months that are MR and/or CD and they just
wander the streets until they get picked up and sent
to the hospital. The hospital finds out where they
are being housed and just ships them back to us. The
case workers do nothing to follow up, we can't lock
them in the facility, they walk right back out the
door..........
multiply that by all the crimes and people who commit
them and..........
I never defend someone who hurts someone else; I only
point out that it could have been stopped a long time
ago and wasn't. It never is. Just look at every
article here and look at the police record. Then
figure in the times they weren't caught and..........
Magic

Plymouth, MN

#45 Jul 23, 2010
Louise wrote:
Ahhh, yes.'.the system' diidn't do it's job. With all due respect to your work in the mental health field, I would be interested in how you think "the system" failed in this situation. Another way to look at this is that the woman who caused this horrible incident didn't do her job. Her job, as I see it, was to exercise a certain level of basic accountability and personal responsibility. It appears to me that there were numerous opportunities in "the system" for her to turn her life around and avoid this horrible outcome. Would you suggest that the government step in and lock up every individual who struggles with any kind of substance abuse and/or alcoholism? You alluded to the fact that people have to want to change before they ever will, but you missed the point. It seems to me that she had chances, but she made personal choices to ignore her opportunities to utilize the help which she was undoubtedly aware of. My sincere sympathy to the bereaved family who were so tragically impacted by one person' flagrant and callous disregard for others. It's about personal choice. Not "the system." And to infer anything other than that is to place blame for it doe not belong.
You ignore the influence drugs and alcohol have on people.

Back in the day people like this woman were warehoused in an institution where she would not be able to walk the streets and not even get close to a motor vehicle or drugs and alcohol.

Gobernut has been mainstreaming these irrational people for a long time and this wreck is just one result of this action by Gobernut.

Keep doing what your doing and we'll keep getting what we are getting, dead and injured innocents!
Bob

Hastings, MN

#46 Jul 23, 2010
Cole wrote:
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BTW, her alcohol and drug tests came back negative. Get the facts before you make such judgemental comments.
How do you know? Where is this info?
Commonsense

Saint Paul, MN

#47 Jul 23, 2010
hello wrote:
Why must morons like you take shots at single parents? I might have read your post without thinking you were clueless except for that reference. I raised a son by myself.
I never received any help - including child support. I have never complained about it. I continue to work and contribute to society and so does my son now that he is an adult. Neither of us has ever had alcohol, drug or mental health issues. That makes us like most people. Let's examine with relilable statistics this airheaded assertion that children of single parents are problems. Shall we? Or would that be too much trouble for people with loaded agendas? Good thing we have folks like you to judge the rest of us.
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There are a percentage of single parents who do a really really good job and I was a single parent, my child is now grown, but unfortunately there are more single parents that don't do even a decent job. I agree we shouldn't judge everyone the same, but he does make some good arguments about the lack of parenting skills these days.
Agree

Jordan, MN

#48 Jul 24, 2010
Cole wrote:
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Your an idot...you have no idea who she is or what she's been through ...and the comment about her being hispanic, get your facts staight before you make iggnorant comments. She has to live with the fact that she caused the death of an 11 yr old boy for the rest of her life.
BTW, her alcohol and drug tests came back negative. Get the facts before you make such judgemental comments. For those of you passing judgement, you should be ashamed in yourself!
I heard that from a friend as well who visited her. She did not have alcohol in her system.
to cole

Duluth, MN

#49 Jul 24, 2010
Cole wrote:
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Your an idot...you have no idea who she is or what she's been through ...and the comment about her being hispanic, get your facts staight before you make iggnorant comments. She has to live with the fact that she caused the death of an 11 yr old boy for the rest of her life.
BTW, her alcohol and drug tests came back negative. Get the facts before you make such judgemental comments. For those of you passing judgement, you should be ashamed in yourself!
What is an idot?? I do have an idea what she has been through. its the same thing everyday people have to work through. Sure times are tough and maybe she had a messed up childhood but that's zero excuse to go drinking and driving and murder a little boy. And yes i do know who she is. Back in 2004 she lived in Willoway apartments off burnsville pkwy and co rd 5. She was dating an Asian drug dealer (think his name is Sam) and her mother lived in the same apartment complex and her mother was a lunatic. So my facts are straight. And where are these negative tests? Maybe use spellcheck next time before you make ignorant comments
Agree

Jordan, MN

#50 Jul 24, 2010
Bob wrote:
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How do you know? Where is this info?
Friends of Leah's went to visit her and that is where the information was found out.
Leah is beside herself with what has happened.
disagree

Duluth, MN

#51 Jul 24, 2010
Agree wrote:
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Friends of Leah's went to visit her and that is where the information was found out.
Leah is beside herself with what has happened.
yes she is so beside herself with what has happened she managed to get her facebook profile, where she talks of smoking weed the very day the crash happened, deleted.
Ann_StPaul

Saint Paul, MN

#53 Jul 24, 2010
Another loser on Minnesota's govt check that has destroyed another life - again. My condolences to the family of the little boy.
sick of excuses

Saint Paul, MN

#54 Jul 30, 2010
Agree wrote:
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I heard that from a friend as well who visited her. She did not have alcohol in her system.
At a minumum she was speeding... also an illegal act. Read the newspaper account where the lady she passed speeding and driving dangerously was trying to call 911 when she went through the median and KILLED the boy.
sick of excuses

Saint Paul, MN

#55 Jul 30, 2010
Are you kidding wrote:
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Where did I ever say she is not responsible for her decisions? I said she
is not capable of changing her behavior; and she isn't in her current state.
I also said she has recognized this at different times in her life and
even asked to be taken in. You can call it institutionalization if you like,
or lock up, or forced treatment, or anything you want. Bottom line is she
became CD somewhere in her childhood and can't stop without intervention and
no one has done it. According to the article the police calls began when whe
was 18 (I did the math). Again at 19; they could have arrested her both times
for underage drinking and prosecuted her. They put her on mental health holds
at least twice in her twenties and, yet, here she was on the streets drinking
and driving again. She isn't capable of stopping on her own and everyone
involved knew it so there are a lot of questions to be answered.
Taking responsibility for your actions and being able to change your behavior
are two completely different things. I have worked for years with people who
are held accountable for what they do even when they can't help doing it. My
point from the beginning has been that she needed help early in life, didn't
get it, and now needs to be stopped. Yet, even when the "system" realized
that, they did nothing to accomplish either. Until now. Whether it be the
prosecutors, the judges, probation officers, social workers..........
when somebody is killed we lock you up. Until then, treatment is considered
voluntary by too many people in the "system" and even though all of the above
have the authority to step in no one does. Again, I am 100% for holding people
accountable for what they do but it has to start at the beginning, not after
someone dies. The "system" has to be held just as accountable in every crime
committed so that it doesn't get to this point. In every one of these cases
you can go back and see a pattern that was not stopped; every article on these
pages the perp has a history. Hold EVERYONE accountable every time a crime
is committed. Anything I left out?
This is a no brainer. If she isn't capable..... LOCK HER UP. Why put innocent people at risk? Our society has to stop protecting the dangerous at the risk of the decent, law abiding, RESPONSIBLE, citizens.

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