January 03, 2019 10:33 PM
Roseville police say two pedestrians were killed Thursday when they were struck by a vehicle at Larpenteur Avenue and Woodbridge Court.
A release said officers were dispatched to the scene around 5:29 p.m. They provided immediate medical assistance, but both individuals - a male and female - were pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary investigation indicates a male driver was heading west on Larpenteur from Rice Street when he struck the two pedestrians as they were crossing the road. The driver was in the right lane at the time of the crash.
The release said he immediately pulled over and was cooperating with investigators.
According to the release, detectives are investigating to determine if alcohol was a factor. They are applying for a search warrant to obtain a blood sample from the driver, which will then be submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.
Detectives also believe a second vehicle may have been traveling westbound at the time of the crash in the left lane and they are hoping to locate and talk with that driver.
RPD out on a double fatal pedestrian crash on Larpenteur west of Rice. Plz avoid area for several hours. Media can stage on NW corner for info at 1900 hrs.— Roseville, MN Police (@RosevilleMN_PD) January 4, 2019
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or posess information that may aid the investigation, are asked to call Roseville police at 651-767-0640.
Roseville police and the state patrol remained on the scene investigating Thursday night.
Larpenteur Avenue was closed while state patrol crash reconstruction specialists completed their investigation, though it had reopened by later Thursday night.
The stretch of road where the crash happened is lined with apartment buildings. People gathered outside to watch the investigation unfold.
“It's a very dangerous road, especially for someone crossing,” said Keke Gaines, who lives in an apartment complex next to the scene. “I’ve witnessed people speeding down this road. It’s 40 mph or so, people tend to speed.”
Gaines said there aren’t any designated crosswalks.
“You you just kind of cross over," Gaines said. "Try to watch for the cars. You just kind of cross over to get to any of the apartment buildings."
Aleea Shaka called the crash disturbing.
“There’s not many pedestrian crossways, so really there's no alternative,” she said. “It’s very unfortunate, but I kind of could see this coming.”
Both said they will be more careful crossing in the future, and said their thoughts are with the families of those killed.
Editor's note: The initial age provided on the driver involved in Thursday's crash by Roseville police was incorrect. Reference to the driver's age has since been removed from the story.
Callan Gray and Frank Rajkowski
Updated: January 03, 2019 10:33 PM
Created: January 03, 2019 06:35 PM
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