Sydney Kohner Obituary | Friends recall Sydney Kohner, 16, as having a bubbly bright energy that pulled people together.A single car crash early Saturday morning killed the Lakeville North High School sophomore.
Police in Burnsville said they were looking into a noise complaint at the Best Western Inn on Nicollet Avenue. When they arrived, they witnessed three persons jump into a car and speed away. They tracked the automobile down after it smashed into a ramp about a half-mile away.
Those who cared about Kohner created a temporary memorial beneath the ramp where the tragedy occurred. All day Monday, people came and went.
Four of her pals sobbed together as they held space for their late friend. They informed WCCO that Kohner enjoyed snowboarding and playing soccer. Her biggest characteristic, they stated, was that she was a friend to all and never judged anyone.
Sydney Nicole Kohner, 16, died on April 9, 2022 in Rosemount, Minnesota. She was born on February 17, 2006, near Winona, Minnesota, to Tony and Jackie Kohner and was the beloved sister of Mitchell Kohner.
Sydney was a student at Lakeville North High School with many friends from Rosemount Schools, where she had attended grades three through nine. She was brimming with energy.
She brightened every space, and her outgoing nature made every meeting more enjoyable. She enjoyed soccer, dancing, snowboarding, butterflies, her dog, Ghostly, and cat, Mars, as well as her large extended family and numerous friends.
Sydney is survived by her parents and brother, as well as grandparents Bob and Marlene Kohner of Winona, Minnesota, and Dr. John and Pat Gaertner of St. Paul, Minnesota; paternal aunts and uncles Tim (Summer) Kohner and Terri Soderbeck;
maternal aunts and uncles Frank (Tracie) Gaertner, John (Marnie) Gaertner, Mary Pat (Tom) Santulli, Laurie (Ste We are heartbroken by the untimely loss of such a beautiful spirit.
Her memory will offer delight to those who had the privilege of being a part of her life because she was a friend to everybody. Visitation will be held at O’Halloran and Murphy, 575 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, on Tuesday, April 19th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The funeral will be place at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul, on Wednesday, April 20th, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Private family burial in Lebanon Cemetery.
“Her laugh is just so contagious, she was such a cheerful girl, and it’s just heartbreaking because she’s gone.” “You’re not going to see her again,” Kohner’s buddy Alexus Ritacco told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
Early Saturday am, Burnsville police responded to a noise complaint at the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn and were involved in an accident. When investigators arrived shortly before 6:30 a.m., they saw three persons get into a car and speed away.
Police discovered the car crashed behind the post office near Interstate 35W, near Mcadrews Road, a few minutes later. Kohner died at the site, while a 15-year-old girl passenger and the 21-year-old driver were both seriously injured.
According to Burnsville police, the driver was Alejandro Saavedra, who was apprehended and is being held for criminal vehicular homicide – formal charges have not been filed.
Lakeville North sent a statement to families on Sunday informing them of Kohner’s death and expressing the school’s support for kids during this “very difficult time.”
Counselors, psychologists, and social workers will be available to kids beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, according to the school.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the collision, and investigators were observed using a drone to map out the disaster scene on Monday.
Budde stated that bereavement assistance would be offered at the school for Lakeville North pupils through school counsellors, psychologists, and social workers.
Kohner is survived by her parents, Tony and Jackie (Gaertner) Kohner, and her sister, Mitchell Kohner (girlfriend, Telly Henry); grandparents, Bob and Marlene Kohner of Winona, and Dr. John and Pat Gaertner of St. Paul; and several other relatives.
Visitation will be held at O’Halloran and Murphy, 575 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, on Tuesday, April 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be place at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul, on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”We send our heartfelt condolences to the Kohner family.
This is a particularly tough time for our Lakeville North students and staff, as well as our entire community “Lakeville Area Schools’ executive director of communications/public relations, Stephanie Kass, stated. On Monday, kids will have access to grief and mental health resources.
Burnsville police announced in a Monday evening announcement that the driver of the vehicle, a 21-year-old Farmington male, had been arrested for criminal vehicular homicide. He has not yet been charged formally in the matter. Police say the Dakota County Attorney will decide on charges.
According to the Burnsville Police Department, they were looking into a noise complaint at the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn. When authorities arrived, they saw three persons jump into a vehicle and speed away from the parking lot.
This report has yet to be formally confirmed, and it is unknown who was driving at the time of the accident.
Students and faculty at the school now have access to school counsellors, psychologists, and social workers. Anyone in need of immediate assistance can contact the Dakota County Crisis Response line at 952-891-7171.
Please keep in mind that some of the contents in this story are based on the police’s most recent account of events and may be subject to change.
Police say an automobile exited the road and slammed into a ramp shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Nicollet Boulevard and Grand Avenue.
“The driver was moving around, but they needed to get rid of either the passenger or the guy in the rear,” Mark Lawrence explained. “There were maybe ten cop cars, three ambulances, and two firetrucks.”
Law enforcement believes all three passengers were minors, although their ages have not been established. Kohner died at the site, and two others were seriously injured.