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FHS graduate killed in traffic accident

Amber Page doesn't remember much about last Saturday. When you find out one of your best friends has died, everything else starts to feel unimportant.

Amanda Lynch, who Page met when they were sixth graders together at Farmington Middle School, was killed early Saturday morning when she lost control of her car on an icy I-494 near Maple Grove. According to reports from the Minnesota State Patrol, Lynch, 25, was northbound on 494 when she went through the median, rolled and was thrown from her car. She was hit by a southbound car and killed.

Page said Lynch, a 2003 graduate of Farmington High School, was on her way to Bemidji to celebrate the first birthday of a friend's child. Lynch's own daughter, 2-year-old Baylee, was also in the car. She was in a car seat and was not seriously injured.

Page remembers Lynch as one of her favorite people.

"She was awesome. She was my best friend. I've known her since sixth grade," Page said. "I've gone to every single one of her birthday parties. She's been to every single one of mine."

Lynch loved planning parties, Page said. She'd put together benefits and baby showers. She was outspoken, feisty and fun.

"We hit it off immediately," Page said.

Page and Lynch played tennis together for a couple of years at FHS and they stayed in touch when Page left the school after her sophomore year.

Lynch worked for the past six years as a bartender at Cooper's Restaurant in Eagan. She was about to start a new job at Wildcats, a new restaurant being opened by her boss at Cooper's.

"She loved her job," Page said. "She had so many regulars. Her funeral is going to be huge."

Lynch lived in Eagan with her boyfriend, Jake Jeppesen. The couple started dating when Lynch was 13, Page said. This should have been a happy time for the couple. Jake, who had been battling colon cancer, was finally in remission.

A group of friends gathered Sunday to sort through photos and prepare displays for Lynch's funeral on Friday. It was a difficult task, in part because it's exactly the kind of effort Lynch would have organized.

"She's the one we would call in this situation," Page said. "She'd be the shoulder we all cried on. It's weird not having Amanda here."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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