Pedestrian killed, man arrested in suspected drunken-driving crash in Moose Lake

A man was arrested Thursday in Moose Lake on suspicion of fatally striking a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was discovered lying in a ditch on the side of Highway 73 near Jon Brown Drive around 2 p.m. Deputies found the driver suspected of hitting the pedestrian a short time later.

Despite life-saving efforts, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspected driver, 21-year-old Brent Keranen of Pengilly, Minnesota, was taken into custody on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide. He has not been formally charged.

The sheriff’s office said it believes alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The victim was later identified as 61-year-old Justin McNeil.