We're learning new details about a jogger who was fatally hit while crossing County Road 101 in Plymouth. The accident happened Saturday morning, shortly before noon.
"It strikes our community deep when something like this happens," said Captain Mike Reed. "Some of our patrols knew the victim."
Police say the vehicle was traveling eastbound on County Road 6, near Yuma Lane, when the jogger was struck. Investigators talked with the 70-year-old driver today.
"He's still very shaken up over the incident. But he's cooperating fully with the police department," replied Reed.
Police haven't released the victim's name, however neighbors say the victim is a man in his 70s.
"He was an avid runner, ran all the time and stuff," said Doneta Gerberding.
She doesn't know the victim personally, but she works at a group home across the street from where the accident took place. She would often see the man out jogging. On the day of the accident she recognized his shoes.
"Looking out the window, there was a shoe on the side of the road and then coming around the couch and seeing the body on in the road and his body not moving," Gerberding said somberly.
Gerberding says the jogger might have tried to cross at the end of a cul-de-sac that backs up to busy County Road 6, which has a speed limit on 45 miles per hour. There is no word on how fast the driver is going and the Minnesota State Patrol is reconstructing the scene. However, police say the jogger was not crossing at a designated crosswalk, which they say this is risky, especially on a busy road like County Road 6.
Officials say the accident serves as a sad reminder that both drivers and pedestrians have to be extra careful and pay attention.
"Pedestrians also have an obligation, responsibility to keep our roadways safe to make sure they're crossing at the right locations, and adhere to the laws just like the drivers do." said Reed.
Sonya Goins, email@example.com
April 17, 2017