21 Aug 2017, 10:16am
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Jillian Friedrich

Jillian FriedrichJillian Friedrich, 34, was pedaling north on 2nd Street N. just before sunrise August 17, 2017, when she was struck by a van heading west on Lowry Avenue. She died that afternoon from injuries sustained in the collision. The vehicle’s driver, Ryan W. Peterson, 25, of Minneapolis, stayed at the scene and was cooperating with police.

Friedrich, who lived about 4 miles from where she was hit, participated in the Twin Cities Marathon in 2015 and in other endurance running events around the metro area.

Friedrich worked as a bioscience researcher at the University of Minnesota. “She lived her life to the fullest,” her father Peter Frisch wrote of Jillian. “She loved her bioscience research work at the U of M, loved her husband, family, friends and golden retriever, volunteered her time and talent to benefit others, was a dedicated distance runner, a talented artist, great cook, and a wonderful friend to everyone fortunate enough to know her.”

Friedrich was heading to a homeless shelter as a volunteer with Minneapolis-based Mile in My Shoes, a group that uses running to support Minneapolis residents with diverse backgrounds in many homeless shelters. “We are terribly saddened about the loss of our run mentor Jill Friedrich,” said a Facebook post by Mile in My Shoes. “We are so grateful to have had her touch our lives this year, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family.”

A celebration of her life is planned for Tuesday, August 22nd at Jax Cafe from 5 to 8 p.m, with a service at 6:30 p.m.






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