Witness Recounts How Close He Came to Being Hit by Wayward SUV at Edina Gas Station

September 09, 2018 10:15 PM

It was close.

So close, a matter of seconds and a few inches made all the difference for 16-year-old Jack Sabre of Edina.


He stopped at the Holiday gas station at the corner of Interlachen Boulevard and Vernon Avenue Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m.  He needed to top off the tank of big black truck. 

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As Sabre walked around his truck toward the store to pay, he saw a blur coming right at him and the female customer only steps ahead of him.

"I saw her go up and fall down and land on the pavement," Sabre said.

Sabre is referring to Marline Dive, whose leg was shattered when she was hit by the silver Toyota RAV4 SUV while walking across the lot into the store. Relatives said Dive had surgery on her right leg Sunday and was recovering at North Memorial Hospital. 

Sabre could have been next had it not been for his truck.

"It almost deflected the SUV off my front bumper," he said.

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The silver SUV narrowly missed him before slamming into the building where the cashiers and customers gathered to pay and exit.  Several people were hurt by flying glass and debris.

Sabre's mom was amazed by the near miss of her son.

"I'm just glad this woman didn't run into a gas tank or pumps, it would've been a different outcome," said Lynn Sabre. 

Sunday, the gas station remains closed. Wood covered the gaping hole on the outside, while workers cleaned up the inside.  Surveillance cameras recorded the incoming SUV, according to sources.  

As for Jack Sabre, he helped those he could at the scene and took photos of the driver as Edina police officers extricated and questioned her about what happened.

"The series of events running through my head, so many things had to go right for me not to get hit by that thing," Sabre said.

Police have confirmed the driver is 46-year-old woman from Edina. Witnesses heard her tell police the accelerator got stuck and she couldn't stop. Investigators will check out all possibilities.

Employees expected the store to reopen Monday afternoon. 


Beth McDonough

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