Witness Recalls Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-35E

Updated: 12/20/2012 6:22 PM KSTP.com By: Katherine Johnson

Few people saw what happened to 21-year-old Jennifer Ehnstrom on 35-E Wednesday night, but the few that were there will never forget it.

"I just kept seeing her flying in the air," said accident witness Katherine Skogsberg.

Skogsberg stopped to help when she says she saw Ehnstrom's car sideways across the left lane of traffic, leaking gas.

"She was walking off to the side and that's when someone trying to avoid her car just hit her," she said.

"It's a natural, human reaction to want to get out, take a look at your vehicle and figure out what happened but tragically, this ended up costing her her life," said Lt. Eric Roeske with the MN State Patrol.

Skogsberg was standing on the shoulder with Ehnstrom seconds before the crash. She knows, it was a close call for her, too.

"She was just there," said Skogsberg. "I was just talking to her and then she's just - you know - so - she's just gone, you know?"

Ehnstrom's mother told us by phone her daughter said, "Mom, if I don't see you... I love you," before leaving the house that night.

"There was really nothing she could do.  If she stayed in her car, there was nothing she could have done any differently," said Skogsberg.

"The detail of this crash are still under investigation and we can't give a blanket statement of you should always do this," said Lt. Roeske.  "Because the next situation is going to be different from this one."

"It's just a few days before Christmas and she was there and she's just gone," said Skogsberg.

At least two other people were present at the time of the accident.  No charges have been filed yet.  State Patrol are still investigating.