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Woman killed in 'fluke' North Shore accident was Edina school teacher

Her car fell from a steep driveway as she and a friend tried to release the brake.

Authorities have identified the woman killed in a freak accident on Minnesota's North Shore Monday as a 59 year old school teacher from Edina.

Dayna Lynn Anderson was pinned beneath her car on a steep private driveway on Cascade Beach Road, near the shore of Lake Superior between Lutsen and Grand Marais.

Anderson and her friend Julie Anne Fasciana, of St. Paul, were exploring potential vacation cabins when the tragedy unfolded.

The women "experienced challenges trying to release the emergency brake to exit a steep private driveway when the accident occurred," the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.

"It is believed the victim became pinned beneath her Toyota Camry when it rolled off the edge of the driveway."

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said: "This is a terribly tragic fluke accident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim and parties involved."

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Anderson was a speech and language teacher at Concord Elementary School in Edina, and has worked for the school district since 1991-92.

She was also a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

"Edina Public Schools grieves the loss of Dayna Anderson, an important member of our school community," the school district said in a statement to BMTN.

"Dayna worked as a speech pathologist in the district for the past 25 years and as such, positively impacted the lives of many students and families whom she served. 

"She was devoted to her work, her students and her colleagues at Concord Elementary School and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and hearts go out her family."

Fasciana wasn't injured in the accident.

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