Abigail Anderson was “a bright light” who wanted to find a way to care for others and pursued a career as a registered pediatric nurse, her brother remembered this week.
Anderson’s family said they were grateful and humbled for the support they have received since the 29-year-old’s death on Saturday, when a 44-year-old driver’s vehicle went off the road and was struck in Falcon Heights.
Anderson’s death is the second tragedy for the family in two years. His sister, professional runner Gabrielle “Gabe” Grunewald, died in June 2019 at the age of 32 after living with adenoid cystic carcinoma for 10 years.
The investigation into what happened on Saturday is ongoing. Law enforcement had probable cause to indicate that the driver was possibly impaired and obtained a search warrant to have his blood drawn; According to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, the results are pending and the driver was not arrested at the scene.
The sheriff’s office has spoken to witnesses and is looking for anyone else who has seen or heard anything to come forward by calling 651-266-7331.
“There were quite a few witnesses and we are trying to build a comprehensive, complete case,” said the sheriff’s office sergeant. Joshua Adams.
The collision occurred at around 6:50 p.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota’s soccer stadium, the area of Cleveland and Larpenture Avenues next to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
grew up with his sister to love running
Anderson began running in his hometown of Parham, Minn. His brother, Zachary Anderson, said, “He and Grunewald formed a very close bond by sharing victories and tribulations, deepening their love for each other and the sport.” “They loved running together and running the community/family they had become a part of.”
Jeff Morris of Perham High School, who was Anderson’s cross-country and track coach, remembered Anderson as very motivated and flirtatious. She added that she was a biggie and was not afraid to be outspoken. On top of this, she was focused and determined in class and during practice as well. Morris said she was always ready to talk and share about the new types of training she was constantly trying.
“It’s so special to see someone who wants to make a difference,” Morris said. “It’s so amazing to see a sense of purpose in someone, and he did[makes a difference].”
Anderson and Grunewald both ran for the University of Minnesota. Anderson continued to run marathons and run fundraising events.
Grunewald placed fourth at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials and won the 2014 USA Championships title in the indoor 3000 meters.
wanted to help others
Anderson of Minneapolis worked for Children of Minnesota for eight years. She was a Registered Nurse in the Medical/Surgical Unit. “He was often recognized by patients and their families for the wonderful care and compassion they provided him,” the hospital said in a statement.
She was continuing her education at the University of Minnesota, pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice.
Zachary Anderson said Anderson spent countless hours organizing, fundraising, and participating in the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, a nonprofit started by his sister to raise awareness for cancer research.
People Contributed Over $18,000 in One gofundme, started by Zachary Anderson Tuesday afternoon for the Abigail Anderson Memorial and the Brave Like Gabe Foundation.
Abby Anderson enjoys running, painting, photography, poetry, writing, learning the guitar, singing, camping, writing, baking, art, being on the lake, and ice fishing, spending time with her family and friends. Recently, she was excited to become an aunt.
She brought laughter and happiness to all, said her brother.
Zachary Anderson said, “She showed what it meant to be ‘brave’ while handling the grief of losing her sister with amazing strength.” “She wanted to expand the influence and reach of the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, spreading the message of hope. Despite her struggle, she never gave up.”
She is survived by her father and mother, Kim and Laura Anderson, and brothers, Zachary, Caleb and Benjamin Anderson.
Passersby, public representatives gave first aid
Undersheriff Jeff Ramaker said that on Saturday, a driver was driving south on Cleveland Avenue and hit a car parked on the right shoulder of the road. He said on Monday that he did not know whether Anderson, who was walking in the area, was hit by a parked car or by a truck.
A Sheriff’s Office spokesman initially said the driver made a U-turn and then hit Anderson, but Ramakar said later on Monday that it was unclear.
“There is information that suggests the driver was trying to get back on the road,” Ramakar said on Monday.
Standers and deputies gave Anderson first aid. He was taken to hospital, where he died.
The sheriff’s office on Wednesday identified the driver as Melinda Jean Dotre of Rockford, Minn., and said she was not injured. He could not be reached for comment.
This story contains information from the Forum News Service.
how to help
GoFundMe founded by Abigail Anderson’s brother can be found here gofundme.com/f/abigail-anderson-memorial.