Teen Kills Self, Injures Woman in Apparent Suicide
The Star Tribune reported that a 16-year-old boy apparently committed suicide Thursday when he intentionally drove his car across the center line and collided with an SUV driven by a 38-year-old woman.
Gregory S. Spieker II of Ham Lake was pronounced dead at the scene, the Pioneer Press reported. Lisa M. Linell of Lino Lakes was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with two broken legs and other broken bones. Her injuries are non-life threatening and she was in satisfactory condition as of Saturday.
The incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on Main Street in Blaine, Minn. The highway is a two-lane road with a 55 mph speed limit, the Pioneer Press reported. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.
Both newspapers reported that a suicide note written by Spieker was found. The Star Tribune said the note was in the boyâ€™s home, while the Pioneer Press didnâ€™t specify the location of the note.
After giving the main facts, the Star Tribune article focused on the oddity of the occurrence. Anoka County Sheriff's Capt. James Stuart and Anoka County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Lenzmeier said people usually commit suicide using vehicles by driving into stationary objects or drive off dead-end roads. They seldom endanger other lives by driving into moving vehicles.
The Pioneer Press article focused on Spiekerâ€™s character and the reactions of his school and family. Spieker had just turned 16 last month and was active in football and baseball at Blaine High School. â€ś[He was] well-liked by other students,â€? Mary Olson, spokeswoman for the Anoka-Hennepin School District, said.
The article also reported that councilors were available at the school Friday to talk to other students and that Spiekerâ€™s family declined to comment but were expected to make funeral arrangements Saturday.