Teen killed by semi after lying across Highway 212

Categories: Tragedy

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The tragic death appears to be intentional, says the State Patrol.
​A 17-year-old died this morning after lying down on Highway 212 in Carver County.

Around 7 a.m., before the sun had risen, the teenager wrapped himself up in a dark blanket and lay on the highway, according to the State Patrol. He was struck by a semi-trailer and killed.

"We're still investigating the crash," says Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the State Patrol. "It's obviously a very traumatic experience -- obviously for the victim's family, but also for the truck driver involved. These things are not easy to deal with."

The young man's actions appear to have been intentional, he says. "No one forced him out there. It was actions of his own choosing."

Similar tragic incidents have been common on Minnesota highways in recent months. Since a woman was killed after walking out on I-94 last November, Roeske says, there have been four or five other similar deaths.

Eric Caine, psychiatry chair at the University of Rochester, says suicide by traffic is generally uncommon.

"That's not only dangerous for the person who's trying to die, but it's dangerous for a lot of other people too," says Caine. "It's the makings of a disaster. It's a sad event."

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    23 comments
    stephanie
    stephanie

    I was in a similar situation to that truck driver a year and a half ago when awoman jumped off a bridge and minutes thereafter I was driving home fromwork...you get the picture. I beg people to stop ending their lives this way. Inever expected to relive this situation as many times as I have - this is the3rd time in the past year someone has killed themselves this way. And to theidiot who is blaming the truck driver saying "Oh there's a blanket in theroad, let's run over it!" you're completely ridiculous. You don't know thesituation, it's easy to run over something that's right in your way. Swervingwould cause a bigger accident. You don't know the visibility, etc. There are somany emotions that you have when you've gone through this type of situation. You feel horrible for the person, you feel guilty, you feel angry. Just be thankful it's not you.

    LegalComment
    LegalComment

    I am sorry to hear that a youth possibly committed suicide.  My condolences go out to the family of the victim.I also apologize to the family of the victim regarding the immature remarks made by some people with a masculinity complex on this site to draw attention to themselves.  We learned about these insecure types in psychology class.  Some things never change.And, What Goes Around, Comes Around.

    Kirk the Conservative Jerk
    Kirk the Conservative Jerk

    Very tragic and sad, but I have to question:Was he gay?Was her bullied?Are we supposed to send the stormtroopers to this kids school?

    I say this because as you all know per the indoctrination group known as The Southern Poverty Law Center; NO teenager would ever commit suicide unless they were bullied.I guess the Southern Poverty Law Center will have to add semi trucks and pieces of road way to their "Hate Map".

    DoctorDimento
    DoctorDimento

    Where's Doc Kevorkian when a guy needs him????

    Jesusismybuddy
    Jesusismybuddy

    i cannot believe that god posts on here. that is so awesome. 

    Joe
    Joe

    Fucking selfish bastard.   Off yourself with a gun like a man.  Don't endanger other people by laying down in traffic.

    Big Herb Dickerson
    Big Herb Dickerson

    Kirk, you are the lowest of drivel in this world.  You think you are funny but you are only evil.  My request stands: let's meet.

    Catheriena Koob
    Catheriena Koob

     Kirk..Never been a teenage boy eh? Kids make stupid decisions without thinking things through. It's just too bad a DOT registered driver didn't follow the rules and pull off to get the obstruction off the road. If he would have, we wouldn't have a dead 17 year old kid.

    Jeremy B
    Jeremy B

    Obvious Troll is obvious.

    Just an average guy
    Just an average guy

    Geez...channelling Fred Phelps?  I liked you better when you were just a sticker salesman.  That seemed like a good fit.  Whatever happened to that?

    Guest
    Guest

     Go lay in traffic Kirk.

    Catheriena Koob
    Catheriena Koob

     Yeah Dr Kevorkian would off a physically healthy 17 year old with teen angst. What drugs are you on!? Newsflash, if you aren't on any, you should probably go get a psyche eval.

    Catheriena Koob
    Catheriena Koob

    WOW JOE....he's a 17 year old KID....If it was your kid, would you be saying that? Shame on you Joe...have some compassion for a terrible situation. 

    Asymmetrical Bob
    Asymmetrical Bob

     I'm not going to say you're wrong, but in cases like these, maybe it's best to keep your opinion off the popular local website where the kid's family has to see it. I'm guessing they're having a hard enough time as it is.

    stop the hate
    stop the hate

    He was a kid and my cousin. Have some respect.

    GOD
    GOD

    really? encouraging people to find another way to commit suicide? or shall we find another solution to prevent suicide?... tragic! tragic!

    CJ
    CJ

    It was 7 am well before official sunrise, so how easy would it be to see a BLACK blanket in the road in the dark? Your comment is absolutely ridiculous and as mean spirited as your objections to the comments about the selfishness of the 17 year old to make the unfortunate decision to end his life.

    The Who
    The Who

    no joke.  how bad at business do you have to be to fail at selling conservative bumperstickers?  it's like selling water in Africa.

    Shut up
    Shut up

     Yeah you know what, don't say anything ever.  Someone might hear or read it.

    Joe
    Joe

     Like he respected the people he dragged into his suicide?  The people whose lives are forever changed because they were driving on the road? 

    I am sorry for your loss, but I cannot respect that.

    calistair
    calistair

    One of my friends was 2 cars behind that semi and she told me it was dark and is hard to see anything there until you are right up on it and it is too late to stop.

    Catheriena Koob
    Catheriena Koob

     Joe..great, so when you earn your darwin award, we'll blame you for all the things you did to get there. Gee there's a great big black blanket in the middle of the road, let's drive over it even though you know it's not suppose to be there! Brilliant! Thanks for your spew of hatred and judgement Joe. I'm sure you'll be rewarded for your comments.

    Guest
    Guest

    You're an idiot

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