Lance L. Leider identified as man killed on I-694 Tuesday [UPDATED]

Categories: Tragedy

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Wade Schimmelpfennig, a 40-year-old man from Albany, was driving the truck.
The State Patrol has identified the man killed after lying on a lane of I-694 Tuesday as Lance L. Leider, a 22-year-old from Maplewood.

Around 12:30, Leider pulled his car over to the shoulder of 694 off McKnight Road -- just a few miles from Maplewood -- climbed out, and lay down in a lane of traffic, according to the State Patrol. He was hit by a truck in westbound traffic and killed.

The driver that hit Leider was Wade Schimmelpfennig, a 40-year-old from Albany, Minnesota. Schimmelpfennig wasn't injured during the crash.

We reported on a similar tragedy last November, when a woman was killed after lying down on I-94.

It's still unclear why Leider did what he did, but we'll update when we get more information.

UPDATE [4:40]: Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the State Patrol, says it didn't appear that Leider made an effort to avoid getting hit by the truck, based on evidence and witness testimony gathered during an investigation. "It appears that his actions were intentional," he says.


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Fuckyoupeople
Fuckyoupeople

I can't believe you people, arguing over a man who took his life. You need to understand. That you can't talk about someone's death in that way. I hope someone does it to you cuz it's wrong, you never knew him so shut up, he was a fuckin straight a student. People's life get hard doesn't mean you should talk bad about it. He's gone and you people are on the Internet talking crap, you wanna talk about my brother then come say it to my face. Id love to her from you.(;

Gijs
Gijs

Joe you make me sick man. I knew Lance personally and it really hurts to see a nobody like you bashing a SELFLESS man regardless of what he did. If you knew Lance you wouldnt of said what you did. So honestly if you didn't know Lance personally it would be best to shut your mouth. Smh

Citizen-X
Citizen-X

Seriously people? Let's NOT argue about his death/suicide and take away from the fact that a tragedy has occurred. Show some respect, sympathy, and sensitivity. The fact is that NOBODY but Lance knew what was going on, so just leave it at that. Rest in peace, Lance. Live in peace, Wade.

Jennifer G.
Jennifer G.

Guess what?  This week is Mental Health Awareness week.  To those that have absolutely no experience with mental illness or caring for someone that has mental illness and watching what it can do to someone, please refrain from commenting on how this person was "selfish" doing what he did.  To try and put yourself in that person's position without actually knowing how incapable he was at that time to make a concious decision is shameful.  He was obviously suffering and unable to think about anything beyond ending the pain.  It's sad that people are so uneducated about this.  And is it tragic that someone had to witness this?  Of course.  But it's equally tragic that this is what happened to this person.  Both Lance and his family as well as Wade are in my thoughts and prayers tonight.  What happened to both people in this situation was not their fault.  Shame on anyone that doesn't realize that.  

Joe
Joe

What a selfish way to off yourself.

Man up and do it yourself if that's what you've decided.  Don't put the burden on an innocent stranger.

Amanda Lieder
Amanda Lieder

Thank you. Lance was the most giving person. On the world, I am his sister I would know, he gave me everything an never wanted anything in return, hes more of a man then anyone on this page talking bad

CJAnden
CJAnden

Sorry Jennifer, but I'm going to have to say you are wrong on this one, and you're condescending attitude won't help get anyone to listen to you're ideas. I think the key point you are missing is that something can be selfish and tragic. 

Mental health issues run in my family. I was lucky enough to only end up with depression and anxiety issues. Other family members have it worse. My dad ended up killing himself when I was 10. I do believe that his suicide was both selfish and tragic. " He was obviously suffering and unable to think about anything beyond ending the pain.  It's sad that people are so uneducated about this."Saying things like this is dangerous. When someone is mentally unstable, comments like this, especially from someone close, can fell like condoning. When you are wanting to kill yourself it is what you focus on, and everything in life seems to relate back to that. Things like love,community and support are what help pull people out of depressive states, not pity, and understanding the difference is key.  *also a quick note, none of this really matters until we know all the details. The severity of mental illness, if any had been documented, isn't public yet.

dkisdatrump
dkisdatrump

Jennifer you are out of your mind. Nobody knows the real facts of what went on except the person who laid down and got killed. You wan't to blame this on mental illness, but what ever happened to common sense in this country? You want to off yourself, then don't get somebody else involved in your own tragedy. How unfair and cruel it was to involve a truck driver who had nothing to do with you in any way personally. I would have to agree it was some kind of mentalness on the victims part, because he could have comitted suicide in alot less painless way. Now some person he never even knew has to live with this the rest of their lives. And YES what happened to the driver of the truck WAS the victims fault, but not the driver himself. Irregardless, this man has to feel responsible for taking another person's life.

That's completely pathetic on Lance L. Leider's part. No matter what problems he may have been facing in his life.

anon
anon

Lance was a sweet and caring guy. Anyone who says anything about him after his death should be ashamed. Especially without knowing him.

Jennifer G
Jennifer G

Im not out of my mind. I actually think I'm finally starting to understand all of this. And I'm sorry if you thought I was being condescending. That wasn't my intention. I've never posted on anything before because I feel like people just pick you apart and ridicule you for sport. But I posted here because I feel in my heart its the right thing to do. I'm not shooting from the hip here I promise. My dad took his life three years ago. He was an amazing loving man full of life. I watched him battle his depression and it stole all of that right out of him. Unfortunately my family does not respond well to most medications. His doctors lost hope and tried talking to him about shock treatments. They said that he was running out of time as you only get about one month max inpatient care before you are asked to go. So they released him and told us that if he kept up with his outpatient he would be fine. We did everything we could to support him but one day he didn't go to his class. I went home to check on him because I felt like he would talk to me. We were best buddies. He was already passed. I had to call 911 and hold his lifeless body until they got there. There are no words to describe the pain and the hole in me that was inflicted that day. I am not in any way trying to be rude or condescending as you took it. I'm trying to spread a message. Love community and support were all around my dad. We loved him unconditionally. Our entire church and community was praying for and trying to help him. But there was no life behind his eyes. He was just a shell. It was terrifying. Sometimes that is truly not enough to bring you back. It broke all our hearts. My mom my sister and I clung to eachother and haven't let go since. But we know none of that was his intentions and I know my dad and he never would have done this had he been in the right state of mind. I suppose that's all that truly matters anyway is that we have found that peace. To say someone is pathetic in that state I just can't agree with. To say they're a coward is painful. It's like any other disease but there is such a stigma around it that nobody treats it that way. And I believe wholeheartedly that will change someday. I could never point at someone who was handicapped and call them stupid. Insulting them for something out of their control. I do so much wish that the driver of that truck and everyone on that road who saw this happen will be able to heal. He's in no way at fault and he will be forever changed. I completely agree with you all that is very tragic. But lance couldn't have meant to inflict anguish on him. If he had been in his right mind this never would have hit the news opening his family up to such public ridicule. They would be grieving in private.

Amanda Lieder
Amanda Lieder

Actually that's my fucking brother you wanna keep talking shit? You know nothing about him of you seen the shit he went through u wouldn't be talking, I hope you ashamed of yourself as an adult grow the fuck up. It's no one to blame. But you saying shit about it is wrong. Someone's life is gone no matter what happened. Think about the fucking family. Everyday i cry and I hurt and you saying this is so offensive. So fuck u.

Dan Frye
Dan Frye

I have to agree with Joe, anon what you are failing to realize is the fact that while Lance is dead Wade has to live everyday for the rest of his life knowing that he killed someone. Lance may have been caring and I'm not trying to belittle him or his life but means he chose to end his life also potentially ruined an innocent party's life.

Gijs
Gijs

Dan you ever had suicidal thoughts?

Dan Frye
Dan Frye

I meant "the means with which he chose.."

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