A woman killed in Falcon Heights after being struck twice by the same driver Saturday evening has been identified as Abigail Anderson, sister of the late Gophers and Team USA track star Gabe Grunewald.
Anderson, 29, was walking near the University of Minnesota's Elizabeth Lyle Robbie soccer stadium in Falcon Heights when a truck crash into a parked car, sending both vehicles into her and through a chain-link fence.
She was then struck again by the truck when the driver made a U-turn, running over her again as they turned back onto Cleveland Avenue..
The collision happened around 7 p.m. Saturday, with Anderson dying at Regions Hospital a short time later.
The driver has been identified and was taken to Regions for toxicology tests. The crash is under investigation but no arrests have yet been made.
An avid runner herself, Anderson ran the 2019 New York Marathon in memory of her sister, a Perham native who died the same year at the age of 32, having battled adenoid cystic carcinoma for 10 years.
Among those paying tribute follow the news of Anderson's death is World Championships 10,000m Silver Medalist Kara Goucher, who tweeted: "I am heartbroken. Sending so much love to the Grunewald family. And from someone who lost her father to a drunk driver 39 years ago, I am filled with so much anger that this is still happening. Inexcusable."
"And of course love and strength to the Anderson family," she added. "Unimaginable pain for them."
Anderson's LinkedIn page states that she had worked as a pediatric nurse at Children's Minnesota for more than eight years, and also took a job at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing as a clinical instructor and teaching assistant.