Duluth Crash Victim Remembered as ‘Shining Star’

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A community is mourning and remembering a special woman who, those close to her say, touched many lives.

Susan LeGarde-Menz, 60, was a wife, mother, friend, and long-time St. Louis County employee.

She worked for 21 years in the public records department.

Her co-workers remember her as someone who was always willing to help in the office.

“Sue was a shining star, a beacon of light within the office. She appreciated and loved life,” said Mark Monacelli, Susan’s boss.

“She loved her family, she loved her co-workers. She had a heart of gold, truly cared about other people. But one thing that really stood out with her was her witty sense of humor. She could always lighten up an office meeting, she always lightened up every work day, and any room that she was in.”

Monacelli said his office was angry, shocked and numb when they heard the news of their beloved co-worker’s death.

Susan’s life ended Tuesday night when she was taking pictures of the fall colors near Twin Ponds.

Police said a 30-year-old man hit her with his vehicle on Skyline Parkway around dinner time.

She later died at the hospital.

The driver ran from the scene and was later arrested on charges of criminal vehicular homicide and driving after revocation.

He is expected to be formally charged Thursday.

The suspect has a criminal history in Minnesota including driving with a revoked license, DWI, drug possession and receiving stolen property.

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