Witness: Grand Ave. crash that killed student a 'horror' - New York News

Witness: Grand Ave. crash that killed French exchange student a ‘horror’

Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Cleo Thiberge came to Minnesota for an education, but the college foreign exchange student's plan was cut short after she was struck by an SUV while crossing Grand Avenue.

As an attorney, Susan McDonough has given legal advice to drivers who have killed someone walking in a crosswalk -- but she never imagined she would actually see it happen first-hand.

"My thoughts are just horror for her family -- the tragedy," McDonough told FOX 9 News. "She's only four years older than my daughter."

McDonough was in her car with her 15-year-old daughter last Wednesday when she saw a young woman step off the curb.

"Then, I saw a car turning," McDonough recalled. "She crumpled to the ground. Her body was under the vehicle."

Thiberge later died from her injuries at Regions Hospital over the weekend.

"It's so crazy," McDonough said. "In one second, she went from starting a brand new life as an exchange student here -- then it was all over."

Macalester College says Thiberge had arrived from France just one day before the crash.

Those who live and work near Grand and Hamline avenues say drivers run red lights all the time, and they often don't pay attention to pedestrians. In fact, a nurse who had just finished talking on her cell phone struck and killed a young woman crossing the street there two years ago.

"I think it's an issue all up and down the avenue," said Mary Daley, who owns a sewing shop on the corner. "It's a great neighborhood, busy and full of life -- but there are some risks that go along with that too."

Daley says drivers often turn a blind eye to pedestrians crossing the popular avenue, but McDonough said she hopes the tragedy will make motorists pay more attention.

"It's so crucial," she said. "If you are driving and you have a green light -- particularly if it just changed to green, please look to your right to check the crosswalk."

The Grand Avenue Business Association had wrapped up its annual Pedestrian Safety Awareness Week just days before the crash.

The driver of the SUV that struck Thiberge is cooperating with police and is not facing any criminal charges.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New York's microbrew industry growing

    New York's microbrew industry growing

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:25:22 GMT
    Local and small beer brewing companies have something to toast. The Brewers Association says microbrew sales grew in the first half of this year; up 18 percent over the same period last year. This comes at a time when overall domestic beer consumption is flat.Ethan Long, one of the owners of the Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, started brewing beer two years ago.
    Local and small beer brewing companies have something to toast. The Brewers Association says microbrew sales grew in the first half of this year; up 18 percent over the same period last year. This comes at a time when overall domestic beer consumption is flat.Ethan Long, one of the owners of the Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, started brewing beer two years ago.
  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:58:41 GMT

    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.


    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.


  • Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:47:07 GMT
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices