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Woman Dies After Parking Lot Car Crash

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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On Feb. 26, Vanessa Rodgers was in the parking lot of the Pick n’ Save she worked at in Greenfield, Wisconsin, when she was struck by a vehicle being driven by an 80-year-old woman. Rodgers eventually died on March 8, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. 

Rodgers, 28, was trapped under the car when she tried to cross the parking lot. Although an on-duty Greenfield firefighter who happened to be at the store attended to her and a bystander raised the vehicle with a car jack, witness Jim Zalewski told WISN that everyone got involved. 

“Somebody was on the phone with the dispatcher,” Zalewski said. “Somebody suggested we tried to lift the car, so a bunch of us tried. Typically, on a car there's a spot where you should put the jack if you want to lift it. Well, we couldn't get it near the right front tire because that's where the woman was trapped.”

Charges haven’t been filed against the driver by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, but officials are awaiting blood test results from the  Wisconsin Crime Lab, WITI reported.

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Before her death, Rodgers’ co-workers started an online fundraiser to cover her medical bills. By March 9, the team had raised more than $8,000 of its $20,000 goal. Store director Mike Meszaros wrote that Rodgers had been working at the store since August 2006 and “was a well-known friendly face to many of our customers at the store.”

Roundy’s, a company affiliated with Pick n’ Save, said in a statement it was “deeply saddened” by Rodgers’ death. “At this time, Roundy’s is not granting any media interviews out of respect for Vanessa and her family as well as her colleagues,” it wrote. “All donations will go directly to Vanessa’s family.  We will continue to have grief counselors available to all employees."

Sources: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , WISN, WITI, GoFundMe / Photo credit: GoFundMe

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