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Man charged after fatally running over wife while drunk

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KARE 11 - Minneapolis -  A husband is accused of driving drunk and running over his wife last week near Lake Minnetonka.

David Meder, 57, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Diane Meder, 57. She was struck Thursday night outside her home in Minnetonka Beach, a small town on a peninsula on the lake.

She died about 90 minutes later at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

"I was just devastated, I was just numb," says Joann Anderson, Mayor of Minnetonka Beach, and good friend of Diane.

According to the criminal complaint, Meder told police he and his wife were returning home and he stopped the car to get the mail. Meder said he was unsure when his wife got out of the car, but it might have been while he was looking through the mail.

Meder told police that he made the left hand turn into their driveway and he heard her yell that he was running her over. She was still alive when medics arrived. Diane, according to the complaint, told medics that it, "was an accident."

Meder smelled of alcohol and a breathalyzer registered a blood-alcohol content of .155, according to the complaint. He was arrested and charged. Monday evening David Meder posted bond and was released from custody. His first court appearance is Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

"I pray for her family, I pray for her, I pray for Dave, her husband," says Anderson.

Joann Anderson says Minnetonka Beach is a small, close-knit community. She feels like she lost a friend, a bridge partner, a sister. She says that Diane was passionate about everything she did in life, but particularly her work as a counselor for people dealing with addiction.

"Therapy was her dream because she wanted so desperately to help people," Anderson says.

The details of what happened that night matter less to the people in the small town of Minnetonka Beach than the fact that an incredible person is now gone from their lives.

"I don't think there is any of us that knew her that didn't get help from her either because we asked for it or just because she was there and we knew we could talk to her," says Anderson.

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