I-94 reopens after woman's apparent suicide [UPDATED]

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The State Patrol is investigating the woman's death.
Hours after what sounds like a gruesome suicide, Interstate 94 in Minneapolis is open again.

Around 6:30 this morning, a woman walked onto the freeway near 7th street and lay down in front of traffic, according to the State Patrol. The woman was hit by several cars and killed.

The State Patrol temporarily closed three lanes going southbound to investigate, but they reopened around 8 a.m.

The death is still under investigation, and officers have yet to establish the woman's identity. Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the State Patrol, didn't return a call from City Pages immediately, but he's been reporting updates on his Twitter feed.

Here's Roeske's initial Tweet about the incident:

#MSPfatal I-94/Broadway s/b 6:43 AM, ped walked into traffic lanes, laid down on pavement, struck by multiple vehs, killed
Nov 17 via webFavoriteRetweetReply


And the most recent:

#MSPfatal 94/Broadway, victim is female, identity has not been established
Nov 17 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

We'll keep you updated as the story unfolds.

UPDATE [12:25]:

Given the nature of the woman's death -- and how hard she was struck by oncoming traffic -- Lt. Roeske says it's going to take a while to determine her identity. "It's kind of in the hands of the medical examiner to figure out who this woman is," he says.


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Keisha Jmg
Keisha Jmg

Prv 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof...I believe in this passage because, I know its true. I feel sorry for all of those who's lives were affected by this but most of all my heart goes out to Ms. Lewis. We don't know what made her take this route or who she may have been trying to talk 2 or reach out 2 who may have rejected her. The words we say 2 someone who is going through something will either save their lives or have them to go ahead & take their lives. This is why its important that we listen when someone reaches out 2 us & have enough compassion to put ourselves in their shoes. I pray to God that this young ladies soul was saved. This is a very sad situation.

Parkerlansing
Parkerlansing

Several years ago, I saw the mangled body of a man on I-94 who had thrown himself in front of a semi truck. The police had not yet arrived and traffic went off the pavement onto the median to drive on. I felt so sorry for the young truck driver who stood alone at the front of his vehicle, shaking in terror. I'm sorry, but I can have no sympathy for self-centered people who decide to bring others into their suicide.

gina
gina

it was selfish...but is there no empathy for her-....suicide is so under-reported ....awareness is low....this silently happens everyday....hopefullly the victims whom saw and hit her know they helped her in her mind....I know that doesn't make the event less of a nightmare....being upset with the woman who committed suicide is part of why she completed this act...it's hard top find a kernel of hope when you're hopeless.....tragic...thank god innocent people were not injured....and hopefullly out doesn't ruin their lives.

Nina1978
Nina1978

I was driving on 94 this morning and nearly hit this woman as she sat in the 2nd lane of traffic. There are no street lights in that area and at first we thought it was a bag of trash as she was wearing a black jacket, she was sitting side ways in the lane with her legs straight out; when she turned her head and looked at my car approaching a few "holy shits" were said in the car and I swerved around her.  Luckily there were no cars around me and I didn't in turn cause another accident.   We called 911 and they said they were aware and they already had patrol on the way but as we have all learned they didn't get there in time.  I cried the rest of the way to work I was so upset over nearly hitting this woman.  I'm also angry that in taking her own life she has also ruined the lives of the others that were unfortunate enough to hit her.  Their lives will be forever changed by this sequence of events. 

Mshavzin
Mshavzin

I don't suppose anyone considered taking a risk and pulling her to safety? No..You might have gotten hurt. Well, think on that. Maybe it would have been worth it.

Martine
Martine

They will get over it. I am saving my sorrow for her. 

Andy Mannix
Andy Mannix

Nina--

Please shoot me an email if you are willing to talk more about yesterday morning on the record. It's amannix[at]citypages[dot]com. Thanks,

Andy

Anne205 07
Anne205 07

What the hell is wrong w people.I know someone that drove by and saw her alive before the hit.I feel bad for those that hit her that were just minding their own business,doing their everyday routine going to or from work.Thatll be with them for the rest of their lives and its not even their fault!

Mshavzin
Mshavzin

Thats the most cold hearted statement. This woman was killed. She died of depression right before her eyes. And instead of feeling sorrow that her life was needlessly lost, you are worried about the people who now have to live with the fact that they saw something unpleasant. If they trully have nothing to feel bad about, they will get over it. If there is even the smallest chance they could have saved her so she could have gotten treatment and maybe had a chance, then they should feel the full weight of that guilt. Have you heard the words " I am not my brothers keeper" Thats what Cain said to God. He was wrong. We are all each others keepers. More so then ever when someone is lost to hopelessness. Remember that.

Silentroze
Silentroze

we wonder whats wrong with us to not stop and figure out why someone is in such a desprate and dangerouse situation or to help after she first lay down? its called the bystander effect and it has been studied and questioned in psychology for years, there's a tragic or even not so tragic situation occurring near many people any amount over 3 and it diffuses our responsibility to the situation, without fully processing the thought people tend to rule out that "somebody must already be handling it". they don't want to be involved, or that they may mess things up further, they feel it isn't their territory to invade for endless reasons. when people do that it is disturbing and terribly sad. a woman in Florida was stalked home to her apartment complex and stabbed repeatedly for 10 minutes as she screamed, 30 people with windows admitted to hearing and or witnessing the event without ever calling 911. most of us say we would help in any way we could safely in a situation but it turns out a lot of people don't. i am an EMT and have not understood once why when we say that so many never follow through to their own word, but then again we are people and that is all we will ever be we don't always think rationally for ourselves or others, and i hope it opens your eyes for the future, help everyone always no matter how little you know, the littlest actions save lives everyday if its suicide prevention or dialing 911 at the sight such as this. My prayers are with the friends and family of this women. her as well, what happened was absolutely tragic RIP

Amarie
Amarie

Did you actually read what you just wrote?  First of all this is NOT the same as the bystander effect.  You need to research that theory.  Several people called 911 that day and most individuals were likely still trying to process what exactly had just happened by the time this woman was hit.  

Secondly, stop and help her?  Yes lets pull over on the side of INTERSTATE 94 and have a conversation with this woman about what drove her to such extremes.  Lets put the lives of several innocent people who WANT to live on the line by stopping our car in the middle of traffic or turning around on the interstate to "go back and help".  This act was selfish, actually extremely selfish.  Not only did she take her own life, ruining the lives of those that knew her but she endangered the lives of hundreds of individuals who had NO INTENTION of dying that day.  Luckily, no one else was hurt.  Hundreds of people dialed 911 that day, but this happened so quickly there was nothing those people could do.  I would think before you write something so unfounded next time.  The individuals that witnessed this are already traumatized enough, they do not need to feel bad about "not doing more".  

Martine
Martine

An innocent woman was killed. By depression. And compared to that the trauma of the people whose cars smashed her body to bits is really not hitting my radar. I am just disgusted with this. Its like witnessing someone a homeless person die outside, and then being angry about how he is making the nice neighborhood dirty. He COULD have asked for state aid. he COULD have gone to a shelter. People don't ask for depression, despair, addiction or any of the other things that can tragically befall any of us. I don't yell at overweight people, even though their tendency to heart disease, diabetes, and many other things make my insurance go sky high. It is their fault that they get sick, but I have COMPASSION!!!! You are one cold hearted person. 

MGC
MGC

I swerved to miss this woman, I called 911, they said they were aware of the situation and were rushing to intervene.  I asked myself if there was anything I could do.  How do you stop oncoming cars, going 60 mph, without causing and accident or getting killed?  I'll never forget that figure standing in my lane, it’s extremely haunting to know you are looking at someone you know is about to die and can do nothing to prevent it.  Unlike the example you gave, this woman intentionally killed herself and her choice has affected many others. 

snikker
snikker

You make a lot of assumptions that there was time for anyone to do anything. Watch the video. She literally walked out onto the freeway and layed down-no one could have done anything.

Adrine33
Adrine33

I completely agree; what if she would have caused an accident and inoccent people would have died.

Andy Mannix
Andy Mannix

Anne--

We'd be interested in talking to the person you know who saw the woman alive. If he/she wants to tell us about it, have them email me, amannix[at]citypages[dot]com. Thanks, Andy

Bosspropertiesllc
Bosspropertiesllc

I drove right buy her. It must have been only moments before she laid down.Bosspropertiesllc@gmail.com

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