Skip to main content

Man survives rollover, then is hit and killed while trying to cross the freeway

It happened around 1:15 a.m. Friday.

A 31-year-old survived a rollover on the freeway overnight, only to be killed minutes later when he tried to cross the road.

The State Patrol says Jeremy Larson of Sartell was heading north on I-494 in Minnetonka around 1:15 a.m. Friday. He lost control of his pickup truck, and it went off the road toward the right side and rolled.

Larson then got out of the vehicle and tried to cross the nourthbound lanes of the highway – but while crossing, he was struck by a car.

Larson was killed. The driver of that car, a 51-year-old from Maple Grove, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

What to do after a crash

If you're involved in a crash on the highway, the first thing to do is think about how to best protect yourself (and anyone else who might have been involved), Lt. Tiffani Nielson with the State Patrol said.

In a rollover where the air bags deployed, get out of the vehicle – a thin smoke will come from the firing mechanism. Also get out of the car if it doesn't seem safe to be in your vehicle, she said.

After that, move to the safest spot possible. Under an overhead light or near a stopped vehicle that has flashing lights are options, since drivers can see lights (even if they can't see you standing there).

Nielson also suggested moving up and away from the crash scene, like across a culvert to the far side of the roadway.

Do not go through traffic however. She said trying to cross a freeway is "EXTREMELY dangerous." It's hard to judge how fast a vehicle is actually going, and they can cover ground very fast. Alcohol will make it even more difficult to be a good judge, she added.

And no matter what, call 911. Or have someone nearby call for you. You could lose your phone after a crash, Nielson said, and your adrenaline will be pumping.

People killed on the road

Last year, 60 pedestrians were killed in Minnesota – the most in 25 years. In 2015, there were 41 fatalities.

This trend is mirrored nationally. In 2016, an estimated 5,997 pedestrians died in crashes in the U.S., up 11 percent from 2015, according to a safety association's report.

About 74 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in 2015 happened when it was dark outside, the report says. And roughly 72 percent occurred in traffic lanes (versus an intersection or non-travel lane, such as a shoulder.)

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant's injury clouds Timberwolves' victory over the Nets

The Timberwolves star was injured in the final minutes on Sunday night.

Akoya Lee

Byron native Ayoka Lee sets NCAA record for points in a game

The Kansas State forward broke a record shared by former Gopher Rachel Banham.

cold, wind chill, freezing

It's going to be stupid cold again Tuesday and Wednesday

They'll almost certainly be the 10th and 11th days with subzero temps this month.

Williams Uptown Pub

Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar closes indefinitely after shooting

Reports say police have arrested two suspects in the incident.

Alex Rodríguez

A-Rod wears a Packers hat, Minnesotans lose their minds

The Timberwolves co-owner didn't endear himself to his fan base on Saturday night.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

Police: Man shoots into crowd at funeral reception in Minneapolis

The shooting happened at a reception following a funeral on Saturday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-01-23 at 8.37.27 AM

Watch: Jimmy Garoppolo says 'F*** the Packers' after playoff win

The 49ers quarterback congratulated Robbie Gould in spectacular fashion.

Aaron Rodgers

America dunks on Aaron Rodgers after loss to 49ers

The Packers quarterback was destroyed on social media on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno

Foligno's OT winner gives Wild fans a happy Hockey Day

A slow start gave way to the Wild's fifth win in the past six games.


Man crossing the street against a walk signal is fatally hit by car

It's at least the second pedestrian fatality this year.

Google Street View - Hwy 169 and 273rd

19-year-old pedestrian struck, killed on highway just north of Twin Cities

It happened around 1:15 a.m. Monday outside of Zimmerman.

Judge weighs impact of mental illness in crash that killed city worker

Tyler Lenort was killed while out doing snow removal for the city.

Farmington woman killed while crossing the highway

It happened around 7:20 p.m. Saturday on the north side of Farmington.