Police: Pedestrian hit, critically hurt in downtown St. Paul; vehicle owner says his mechanic was driving

Police say they are looking for the suspected driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian in downtown St. Paul late Thursday.

According to the St. Paul Police Department, when officers arrived at the scene near East Sixth Street and Cedar Avenue at about 10:30 p.m., they found a 59-year-old man suffering “significant injuries” from the crash. The man was unresponsive.

The man was taken to Regions Hospital and is currently in critical condition, police said.

Officers reviewed CCTV video and determined a silver BMW hit the man before the driver drove away from the scene. Witnesses at the scene reported the 59-year-old man had been crossing the street when he was hit.

Shortly after the incident, a man contacted police to say his mechanic was driving his vehicle and the mechanic told him he had hit someone. The vehicle’s owner gave police information about the suspected driver. The vehicle’s owner told police he was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Officers ultimately found the BMW and towed it to a city impound lot.

Police said the incident remains under investigation and that no arrests have yet been made.

An earlier version of this report appears below.

A large police presence could be seen during the overnight hours in downtown St. Paul.

A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS photographer saw multiple squad cars just before midnight near East Sixth Street and Cedar Street.

The roadway was also blocked off. No details were immediately available about what happened.

No details were immediately available about what happened.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will continue to update this article as more information is provided.