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.)