Minnetonka Beach car crash victim ID'd; was hit by husband

  • Article by: BEENA RAGHAVENDRAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2014 - 8:49 PM

 

Authorities have identified a 57-year-old woman who died after being hit by a car her husband was driving outside her home near Lake Minnetonka.

Diane Rawlings Meder died Thursday night of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office, which listed the manner of death as still under investigation by Orono police.

Diane Meder — who went by Diane Rawlings professionally — founded her own company in 2009, Rawlings Consulting, after years of work in marketing and management. She was a licensed psychotherapist and had worked as a part-time therapist at Franklin Family Services in St. Louis Park.

Orono police said she was walking in the 2600 block of Arcola Lane in Minnetonka Beach, a small town on a peninsula, when a car struck her about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officers arrested the driver, David Christopher Meder, 57. The medical examiner’s office listed Diane Meder’s address and the location of the injury as the same place. That address is also what the jail listed as David Meder’s residence.

She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she died 90 minutes later.

While the cause of the accident remains under investigation, police had said they believe alcohol may have contributed to the crash.

Meder was still in the Hennepin County jail pending charges related to criminal vehicular operation resulting in a death.

Police had declined on Friday to release more information about where she was walking and whether the driver was arrested at the scene. Orono police had no new information on Sunday.

 

Staff writers Vince Tuss and Kelly Smith contributed to this report.

Beena Raghavendran • 612-673-4649

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