WCCO airs video of woman's suicide on I-94

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WCCO aired this video of a woman's suicide.
Viewers were outraged this evening when embattled local TV station WCCO aired footage of the suicide of a woman who lay down in the middle of I-94 to die.

The footage from cameras meant to monitor traffic conditions apparently aired on the noon newscast, but it didn't light up social media until just moments ago. The video is still available on the WCCO site as of now, but it might be disappeared like Duck/Dog before long.

"We won't show you the collision, but we do want to share the video leading up to it," anchor Angela Davis chirps in the lead-in.

This is the tweet that first brought the video to my attention:
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Here is the video until it gets taken down when better heads prevail (though it won't be gone long, because I've got it on Flip video):

About halfway through the video, WCCO shows an even more graphic and close-up view of the moments just before impact. Warning: This video is not for the faint of heart, and is only being embedded in the interest of full transparency so that readers can decide for themselves if it was appropriate for WCCO to broadcast it on network television.



And here is a screenshot of how it looks on the WCCO website:
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A graphic video of a woman's suicide on WCCO.

Author's Note: Some readers in the comments and on social media are questioning why we would embed a video we are decrying, thus propagating the footage we criticize WCCO for airing in the first place. I believe there's a distinction between airing the footage on broadcast TV to a mass and unsuspecting audience tuning into their local news vs. embedding the footage in a clearly labeled media criticism post with the goal of allowing readers to decide for themselves if they think it was inappropriate.

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jhaugen1
jhaugen1

Here's the deal.  The media is here to make money - period.  So, knowing that such footage will tap into our instinctive interest in the macabre, the media gives it to us.  

Colgruv
Colgruv

If you're gonna show enough to make people angry at least show the whole thing! Damn.

Ashley
Ashley

I would just love to know why this turned into a religious thing. God gave us all free will which means that we can and do make our own choices in life. That is why we pray...for guidance.. That being said I think that the video while not showing too much is still a shocker to some people. Obviously if we are all looking at the story and watching the video we feel that we can handle it. But you have to think about the ones who may have lost someone recently to suicide. Or the older people who watch the news religiously so you know they saw it. And what about the kids that may have seen it too. I do agree that death is a touchy subject. Some can handle it and some can't. I just know that I would'nt want to watch my mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, ect. be ran over on the news...that's the ones that are going to suffer from this. They may not have realised even at the time that was someone they knew but now this video is here to stay and GOD forbid any friends or family ever have to see it. I also feel for the people who ran over her. That is life altering and disturbing. I can not imagine how they must feel after knowing they just killed someone. Even if it was not their fault.

Mannie N
Mannie N

We all have to answer to some unseen, unknown power.....just because we have not found life on other planets does that mean that earth is the only living planet in the entire solar system or space? Only an idiot would think like that........there are actually documented miracles that even science cannot explain.....think critically but openly.....and don’t criticize other’s personal opinions…..you have your belief and they have theirs….

Mannie N
Mannie N

I do not feel it is wrong to post the video....it happened,this person chose to take their own life in such a public way...involving somany people... in other countries the media shows the actual aftermath (in thiscase her body) on television. At least  cut it off before the actualimpact. Truly sad, but still the news can not be attacked for reporting thenews! If you don't want to see it don't look.....simple.....

iiTANTALiiZE
iiTANTALiiZE

i dont understand why this is surprising to people, this is an obvious part of life and while i do not 100 percent agree with it being broadcast on television, i do believe there are a vast majority of people who are not mature enough to watch it... mainly the ones who have extreme opinions on the matter. Everyone will die someday, this is one way that death occurs (no matter who it has an impression on). that being said, life is crazy... then you die. 

Dhomer007
Dhomer007

Why is there even an uproar about this?  It shows the woman laying in the street.  It shows a car approaching.  

That's all.  Nothing more.  If she flew up into the air, that'd be one thing.  If it was gory or gruesome, it'd be one thing.  

This is nothing.  Are people that deprived they have to just find something to bitch about?  Really?

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

No one stopped  everyone saw the lady in the street? NO cars stoped or maybe would call police very strange.

Peekatchu
Peekatchu

Who still watches the news? I'll bet not a single person here saw the clip.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Why are Americans such limpwristed milquetoasts when it comes to the uncomfortable realities of Life and Death ?

Whowasthatguy99
Whowasthatguy99

Should anyone wish to let the reporter (Holly Wagner) know how they feel about the wisdom of airing the video, she may be contacted here: hcwagner@wcco.com

Scretch
Scretch

That's tragic. I wonder what was going so wrong in this woman's life, she felt this was her only option. Still it's selfish to make another be traumatized for life for running over her. BTW I won't watch vid.

LaPenotiere
LaPenotiere

I was one  HORRIFIED as I passed by her when she was STILL STANDING~~ I woke up that morning PRAISING the LORD! Again Thank THE LORD.... I was ABLE TO SEE HER AS I DROVE PAST THE PHAMTOM FIGURE IN THE DARK~~~ My HEART goes out to the poor Woman who thought this was her only option! My heart goes out to those she unwilling made participate!! May GOD have mercy on everyone effected by this unfortunate situation! This is News.... I do not agree with showing the inpact.

Blaire
Blaire

I actually think that they stopped the video at the right time. You didn't see anything specific. Not classless....maybe too soon but not a horribly disturbing video. It's nothing like Faces of Death...which made me feel like an awful person when I checked it out.

heyseed
heyseed

It's news.  They were right to show it.  If you can't handle it, don't watch.

Email Alias
Email Alias

I see nothing wrong with this video being on TV. They did not show the actual impact which would have gone too far.

jill
jill

I think it was fine to air this to the public. I mean honestly, didn't you in your mind think"this woman really just laided down?" and it is good evidence that she did lay down. The drivers who hit are now wondering "OMG,OMG,OMG, I just hit a f*ing woman laying in the f*in highway!!" So if the family of the deseased wants to take any drivers to court for murder or any other death related crime, the defense has proof that she actually laid down. Thank you for airing this footage for the rest of us to calm our curiosity.

Max Power
Max Power

Police & Hwy Helpers had been dispatched & were nearly on scene when she suddenly walked out & laid down.  In addition, warnings had put out to commuters via radio traffic reports etc. to use caution, a pedestrian had been spotted on the traffic cameras walking down the side of the Interstate . I tend to doubt that many motorist would jump to dial 911 because they just passed someone walking down the side of the Hwy., I can't say I would.     

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I didn't see the clip "Live" because I live in AZ, why would I get MN news here?

Djg856
Djg856

Duh! 40 comments here should give you a clue....stop minimizing pls. 

Djg856
Djg856

This isn't about being wimpy or limpwristed ...its about being so insensitive to the woman AND the people who hit her or almost did too! How would you feel if that had been your mother or sister or best friend? 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

because it offends their simple minds?

after all no god would allow a woman to be crazy or feel she has no solutions left but to lie down in the road.....

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

do you really think SHE cared about other people? she had enough problems herself. One of the major things that is wrong with our country is that no one cares about the little problems everyone has, which can turn into major ones.corporate greed and the greed of the wealthy are removing the help that people used to be able to get....

Djg856
Djg856

AMEN ! UNnecessary and UNclassy! 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Are you braying to the same "god" that allowed or caused this tragedy ?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yeah they stopped it right before the small car hits her. I mean right before...It's less then 6 inches from her.. they could have stopped it a little before that and we would have gotten the idea.

Djg856
Djg856

Intelligent comment....yeh, SOME of us know full well what happened next...apparently you are from "another world" 

Djg856
Djg856

Think about it though....they have this video for evidence anyway...they did not need to drag it through WCCO to air it here...have everyone make rude insensitive comments...honor her & pray for her family and for the ones who innocently, unknowingly ran over her....don't you have any compassion or respect for this kind of tragedy? Apparently WCCO does not. Its all about news and what sells basically. Pathetic........

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

how do you know what the people who hit her are thinking?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

how exactly can you be insensative to someone that is dead? Also, If I had hit the lady and found out she was committing suicide LIKE Mentioned ABOVE I wouldn't feel bad for hitting her. If she was shoved out of a car and I ran her over that's different.

Use what brain cells you have and THINK.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Insensitive to the woman ?

She's DEAD.

Insensitive to those who hit her or almost did?

They were THERE, and saw it in PERSON.

Try again, limpwristed simp.

Djg856
Djg856

You don't even make sense...

Scretch
Scretch

It's not a microchip you fucking moron. Ostrich bitch learn how to read.Oh and i replied to this b/c it wouldn't let me reply to the microchip comment.

Scretch
Scretch

Social services are getting weaker and weaker. The latest is a technology where if you want services in the US they tell you that you MUST scan your hand and the veins in it to make a number and  you will forever be on the grid with medical info. and God knows what else. They want to do it to me, but I won't comply.

Mannie N
Mannie N

We all have to answer to some unseen, unknownpower.....just because we have not found life on other planets does that mean thatearth is the only living planet in the entire solar system or space? Only anidiot would think like that........there are actually documented miracles thateven science cannot explain.....think critically but openly.....and don’t criticizeother’s personal opinions…..you have your belief and they have theirs….

Mannie N
Mannie N

Oh come on don't blame it on "god"--We all have free will, this was a choice she made....not god!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol funny how some people pray to god for good things, and think satan does everything else that is bad.. but yet it's really ironic to me how people even believe in higher powers, god, etc and yet stories like this one show that it's not right at all

Max Power
Max Power

They stop it 3 sec before impact or 20sec.....we all know what happened next, what the end results were.....so what is the difference then ????? You just live to bitch & critique everyone.....plain & simple.....ya horses ass.   

Max Power
Max Power

WHAT ???!!! I have for the most part been agreeing with your posts up until now.....now you're just being an ass. And what you imagine they would be thinking there Biff ??? " HHHMMMMM.....wonder why Jim didn't have a 2nd cup of coffee at dinner last night."Do yourself a favor PTCGAZ......SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE !!!!

Djg856
Djg856

We don't....but we can imagine...unlike yourself :(

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

damn right I was. She's dead now, her family and friends failed her.

how can anything I say effect a person who is dead?I sure as hell can't bring them back either.

ContradictionsFail
ContradictionsFail

It's called respect for the dead. Use your own brain cells and think. We respect the living and the dead. You were just preaching have more concern for the woman who did this. If you're here to pick arguments, then pick a side and stick to it.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sure I make tons of sense, you just don't have the logical skills to figure it out.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

awesome, haters gonna hate!

BTW no, we all wish intolerant fools like you were there.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Who's "we" ? 

... you and the imaginary voices in your head?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sorry but microchipping humans is a myth, nice try.. put your head under the sand more!

Max Power
Max Power

WOW, you just have it AAAAAALLLLLLLL figured out.....WHAT would us common folk do without YOU ?! GOD has blessed us with your presents & your willingness to hang out & correct our personal opinions & point of views.....like this is a BLOG or something.I feel sorry for the ones that have to sit with you at any & all gatherings & holiday dinners. Starting to think this lady spent the previous evening in your company.....it certainly would explain her actions that morning !!!!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Djg856, I live in Arizona, and I don't believe in god. The rest of you post is BS.

Djg856
Djg856

Ok...we all get it now that you don't believe in God of any kind....and enjoy things like this happening....whew. Makes some of us wonder about the place you came from...& I honestly feel sorry for you.. :(

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

right so you know exactly what they are thinking and are trying to justify your view of what you think they were thinking over mine, and over what hey might actually were thinking?

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