Updated: July 21, 2021 10:28 AM
Created: July 20, 2021 05:49 AM
UPDATE: St. Paul Police said Wednesday morning that Mia Penny Simmons was not hit by vehicle before or after she'd collapsed in the street, contrary information officers had received from a witness.
A 56-year-old woman died Tuesday morning after a vehicle hit her in St. Paul.
According to the St. Paul Police Department, at around 12:30 a.m., officers responded to a woman hit by a vehicle near Ivy Avenue West and Rice Street. Once officers arrived at the scene, they located the woman lying in blood near the southwest corner of the intersection. It appeared she wasn’t breathing.
St. Paul Fire medics arrived on the scene simultaneously and rendered aid to the victim, quickly placing her on a stretcher and moving her into an ambulance. About 10 minutes later, she was pronounced dead, said police.
According to police, officers spoke to a 21-year-old man who said he was driving north on Rice Street when he saw the victim lying in the middle of the intersection. He pulled over to help her, but before he could get out of his vehicle, he saw a vehicle traveling south towards the victim. The 21-year-old said he was hanging out of his vehicle window, frantically waving his arms in an attempt to get the other vehicle to stop before it struck the woman lying in the street.
Police said the vehicle continued on Rice Street after hitting the woman.
The driver of that vehicle has not been located, and it's unclear why the victim initially was lying in the street. The case remains open and active.
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