January 04, 2019 10:50 PM
Police in Roseville have identified the two pedestrians killed in a fatal crash Thursday evening on Larpenteur Avenue at Woodbridge Court, as well as the 72-year-old driver who struck them.
A release Friday afternoon said Robert Blake Buxton, 47, and Meredith Nypree Aikens, 45, both of Roseville, were the two pedestrians killed when they were struck by a dark blue GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by 72-year-old John Michael Rickey of St. Paul. The release said Rickey continues to cooperate with investigators.
A blood sample has been submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing to determine if alcohol was a factor.
The release said police are also asking the public's help in identifying potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of the crash, which occurred around 5:30 p.m.
Video surveillance footage from a nearby business showed three vehicles in the area just before and after the crash. They are a white SUV and two white/silver sedans.
Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Roseville police at 651-767-0640.
People who live near the crash scene told us safety improvements are needed.
“You can hardly see the cars and it's dangerous to try to cross there,” said David Catano, who lives in the neighborhood. “I’ve tried to cross there and I’ve almost gotten hit.”
He said it’s especially treacherous during rush hour.
“You get people flying through there pretty fast,” he said. “It's dangerous around that time.”
Catano wants to see the city and county take action.
“I think there should be lights to make people stop you know,” he said.
Taeneas Jordan agrees.
“For my safety, for everybody else's safety who lives right here, there needs there needs to be a stop sign or lights,” Jordan said.
She believes action should have been taken sooner.
“I feel it’s the city’s fault,” Jordan said. “It shouldn’t take nobody to get killed for them to do something about it. It just doesn’t make sense.”
Larpenteur Ave. is a Ramsey County road that Roseville, Maplewood and St. Paul are all responsible for.
Roseville City Manager Patrick Trudgeon told us they started looking at how to make it safer about two years ago.
“We certainly don’t want a tragedy such as this to occur,” he said.
Trudgeon showed KSTP the Larpenteur-Rice Gateway Area Plan study that each city approved in 2018. It includes plans for mid-block crosswalks, including near the crash site at Marion St. and Larpenteur.
“This (tragedy) helps underscore the need to continually be focused on making sure we have safe areas for everybody,” he said.
There is still no timeline for when the crosswalks could be installed.
Frank Rajkowski & Callan Gray
Updated: January 04, 2019 10:50 PM
Created: January 04, 2019 01:06 PM
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