Woman dies from injuries after being pinned under car in grocery store parking lot

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GREENFIELD -- A woman struck in a Greenfield grocery store parking lot has died from her injuries. The victim is identified by police as Vanessa Rodgers. She was in the ICU for more than a week before she died.

28-year-old Vanessa Rodgers struck by, pinned under vehicle at Greenfield Pick 'n Save

28-year-old Vanessa Rodgers struck by, pinned under vehicle at Greenfield Pick 'n Save

28-year-old Rodgers, an employee of the Pick 'n Save store near 76th and Cold Spring, was pinned under a vehicle after she was struck in the parking lot on Friday, February 26th as she was headed into work. The driver of the car was an 80-year-old Milwaukee woman.

Police have said speed and impairment were not factor in this incident. Police said the 80-year-old woman was traveling at a low speed, and was making a turn towards an exit at the time of the incident. She remained on the scene, was cooperative and was not cited.

Vanessa Rodgers (Credit: Go Fund Me)

Vanessa Rodgers (Credit: Go Fund Me)

Surveillance video shows the moments before the crash, and 911 calls reveal the urgency at the scene.

911 Caller: “A lady ran over a lady. She’s trapped under her car.”

Pick 'n Save employee struck by, pinned under vehicle near 76th and Cold Spring in Greendale

Pick 'n Save employee struck by, pinned under vehicle near 76th and Cold Spring in Greenfield

Dispatcher: “OK, this is at Pick 'n Save?”

911 Caller: “Yes, 76th and Cold Spring."

911 Caller: "Oh my God, she's trapped under the car."

Dispatcher: "Is she underneath the vehicle?"

911 Caller: "Yes, she`s completely...her entire body is." 

Dispatcher: "Her entire body is underneath the vehicle?"

911 Caller: "Her entire body is under the car."

Pick 'n Save employee struck by, pinned under vehicle near 76th and Cold Spring in Greenfield

Pick 'n Save employee struck by, pinned under vehicle near 76th and Cold Spring in Greenfield

911 Caller: “Somebody is getting a jack. Make sure you put the jack under the frame. Make sure the jack goes under the frame.”

911 Caller: “The whole car is on top of her. She’s completely underneath it.”

Dispatcher: “Our fire department should be coming up on scene. We have them out there, OK?”

911 Caller: “OK, we’re trying to jack up the car ourselves.”

Dispatcher: “OK, make sure you don’t pull on her. Make sure she stays there.”

Rodgers was rushed to Froedtert Hospital and received treatment in the ICU.

Incident at Greenfield Pick 'n Save store

Incident at Greenfield Pick 'n Save store

On Tuesday, March 8th, she succumbed to her injuries.

Roundy's released the following statement in the wake of Rodgers' death.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Vanessa Rodgers today.  She was a valued member of the Pick ‘n Save family.  At this time, Roundy’s is not granting any media interviews out of respect for Vanessa and her family as well as her colleagues.  To help her family, Roundy’s has set up a Go Fund Me account: https://www.gofundme.com/7hrv46bb.  All donations will go directly to Vanessa’s family.  We will continue to have grief counselors available to all employees."

28-year-old Vanessa Rodgers struck by, pinned under vehicle at Greenfield Pick 'n Save

28-year-old Vanessa Rodgers struck by, pinned under vehicle at Greenfield Pick 'n Save

This case was reviewed on March 3rd by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for potential charges against the striking driver.

Officials aren't filing charges at this point -- awaiting the driver's blood test results from the Wisconsin Crime Lab.

Meanwhile, nearly $7,000 has been raised for Rodgers' family through the GoFundMe.com account.

17 comments

  • SA

    I cannot tell you how many times I bought my lottery tickets at the counter from Vanessa who always cheerful and upbeat and said “good luck”! This is just very, very sad to hear.

  • erin

    THIS Is why old people, over the age of 65 should have to renew their drivers TEST every single year. If you cant drive, don’t put other people at risk.

    • Dr. Michelle Serpe

      This is why young people should learn to write: you have ten errors in your two sentence comment, Sweetie. I am over 65, and I have never caused an accident; and I can write.

    • Susan

      I agree on the parking lot. I hate the layout, and would rather drive to another store than deal with the crazy layout. Pick and Save, in respect to Vanessa, redo your parking lot!!!
      Condolences to her family. RIP.

  • Ashley Jay

    My sympathy and prayers go out to the family of Vanessa, I am sorry for your loss but on the same token. I can not even imagine how the elderly lady must feel, she will always have that on her mind and in her heart, but I agree with a lot of the comments on here. She should not of been driving, granted the parking lot at this pick n save does suck but, people should always expect the unexpected and be cautious in knowing its not the safest parking lot. Its not fair that someone had to loose a life for people to open their eyes to see the safety of others.

  • A yooper

    How does a person get run over in a parking lot? If surveillance camera film is made available, the circumstances will be shown. I have made it to my later years by looking both ways and over my shoulder when near vehicles. Just survival.

  • LetsBeReal

    Poor woman! Sad all the way around. R.I.P Vanessa. People are too wrapped up in themselves to notice what’s around them. I can’t imagine the elderly driver being on a cell phone or texting while she was driving, but I can imagine poor eyesight and stiff joints preventing her from being able to be alert or flexible enough to look over her shoulders.

  • Mr0311

    I went to school with Vanessa, she was as nice as they come seriously. That girl always had a smile on her face, Vanessa’s personality absolutely radiated ALWAYS with positive vibes.

  • Ethel

    The parking lot at that store is all chopped up into sections and is terrible to navigate through. Traffic is coming every direction. Terrible tragedy for everyone involved. My condolences to the family who lost their loved one.

  • A yooper

    It’s a parking lot!!! Not pit road at Daytona. Sorry that what appears to be a nice woman died. Look where you are when walking, watch out for cars. You may have the right of way but why trust that someone in a car will give you that?

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