Pedestrian Dies after Crash Involving Semi in Minneapolis

October 19, 2017 10:25 PM

An adult male pedestrian died early Thursday after injuries sustained when he was hit by a semi at the intersection of University Avenue Southeast and Huron Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

According to Minneapolis police, the incident happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. It is believed the man was attempting to cross University when he struck the side of the semi and was knocked underneath the trailer.


He was taken to a local hospital, where he died around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Family members have identified the victim as Charles Coleman, a cook at the University of Minnesota.

"He always made me smile, even on a bad day," said Demarieus Jones, Coleman's stepson. "I'm proud of him for being the man that he always been to me, to my mom, and to my kids."

Family members say he worked at the University of Minnesota as a chef for about 6 months, but he loved to cook at home too.

"He could make anything, he could make everything. If you told him you couldn't make it, he'll make it for you," Jones said. "I'm going to miss him and I love him."

A release said the truck driver stopped immediately and cooperated with investigators.

The exact cause of death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.

The matter remains under investigation.


Brett Hoffland and Frank Rajkowski

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