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Lake Mills woman dies after being ran over by daughter


This news story was published on December 31, 2011.
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Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune –

LAKE MILLS, Iowa — A 75-year-old Lake Mills woman reportedly died Friday morning after her daughter unknowingly ran her over in a Jeep.

Authorities are still investigating.

Iowa State Patrol reports Darla Andrews, 49, of Lake Mills, allegedly backed out of her driveway at 306 N. Washington in an attempt to go look for her mother, Betty Ann Harris.

State trooper Mike Haugen said Andrews had been looking for her mother for about 20 minutes prior.

Andrews reportedly did not know Harris was in the pathway of her vehicle and unknowingly ran over her, Haugen said. The daughter then left to drive around town in her search for her mother.

Upon her return, she found Harris lying in the roadway. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident reportedly took place just after 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Lake Mills police and Lake Mills ambulance crews assisted at the scene.

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10 Responses to Lake Mills woman dies after being ran over by daughter

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    iowamom Reply Report comment

    January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    really??!!! Blaming the daughter, no one can say for sure what the mother died from until the family receives the autopsy report. DAUGHTER KILLS MOTHER plastered all over papers and tv, I would hate to be that poor daughter EVERYONE is blaming!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    If she didnt notice the hit, how does she know she ran her over and it was not someone else while she was gone?

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      Patriot Reply Report comment

      January 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      That’s why there still investigating. This article is not meant to represent all the facts but to simply announce the accident.

      When all the information is available then a better understanding of the accident can be had.

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      iowamom Reply Report comment

      January 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      chances are there will be NO follow up story, this poor daughter will forever have to live with, and be remembered by the words printed that day.

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    Shutta Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Oh okay, so she ran her over & didn’t see her when she was driving away?? Fishy story to say the least.

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    Patriot Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Not enough information here to pass judgement.

    We do not know which part of the body was ran over, where the body was at (end of driveway, roadway entrance) what type of jeep this was or the mental state of the driver.

    We also do not know if the woman had already passed away before the accident even occured.

    I’ll wait until I have more facts before saying one way or the other. I will say, if you were going to kill your mother, pretty sure running her over in the driveway is a very public place to do so.

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    Another Persepective Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2012 at 8:12 am

    There is a good chance that the lady was already dead before she backed out of the driveway. Maybe the autopsy will provide more information.

    Prayers to the Daughter and family.

    Peter, you are goofy! It is highly doubtful this was a purposeful act.

    Actually, you use to many drugs and you have your head up your ass!

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    No No No!!! Reply Report comment

    December 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Maybe because a Jeep is such a rough rider, that could be the reason she wasn’t alerted to anything. I certainly don’t understand it myself. Unless she was frantically looking for a Alzheimer victim, she didn’t use caution when backing. ??????

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    amanda Reply Report comment

    December 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    how do run over someone and not know? i mean there was go bumps? no screams? and you did see her?
    i want what ur drinking

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    Peter Reply Report comment

    December 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    No bump,bump,bump? This seems sketchy to say the least.