Lance L. Leider identified as man killed on I-694 Tuesday [UPDATED]
The State Patrol has identified the man killed after lying on a lane of I-694 Tuesday as Lance L. Leider, a 22-year-old from Maplewood.
Around 12:30, Leider pulled his car over to the shoulder of 694 off McKnight Road -- just a few miles from Maplewood -- climbed out, and lay down in a lane of traffic, according to the State Patrol. He was hit by a truck in westbound traffic and killed.
The driver that hit Leider was Wade Schimmelpfennig, a 40-year-old from Albany, Minnesota. Schimmelpfennig wasn't injured during the crash.
We reported on a similar tragedy last November, when a woman was killed after lying down on I-94.
It's still unclear why Leider did what he did, but we'll update when we get more information.
UPDATE [4:40]: Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the State Patrol, says it didn't appear that Leider made an effort to avoid getting hit by the truck, based on evidence and witness testimony gathered during an investigation. "It appears that his actions were intentional," he says.
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