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2 pedestrians killed in Roseville identified by police; 2nd vehicle may have been involved

Police want help identifying vehicles that drove past the accident scene.

Roseville Police Department has released more information about the the crash that killed two people crossing the street in Roseville on Thursday evening. 

The two people killed have been identified as Robert Blake Buxton, 47, and Meridith Nypree Aikens, 45, both of Roseville. 

They were crossing the street at Woodbridge Court and Larpenteur Avenue around 5:30 p.m. when the driver of a GMC Sierra pickup turned right onto Larpenteur from Rice Street and struck them a short time later. 

Life-saving efforts were attempted but Buxton and Aikens were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver, identified as John Michael Rickey, 72, of St. Paul, has been cooperating with investigators. A blood sample from Rickey has been submitted to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and is being analyzed to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash. 

What's not yet clear is if a second vehicle was involved. 

“Maybe a second vehicle hit them and didn’t realize it,” Roseville Dep. Chief Erika Scheider told the Star Tribune. “Or for some reason, they didn’t stick around. We hope they will come forward."

Police are now hoping the public can help identify the vehicles that were in the area at the time of the crash. Their goal is to speak with anyone who might've witnessed the accident or driven past shortly after it occurred. 

In the video below, you'll see four vehicles coming towards the camera on what is westbound Larpenteur Avenue. The first is a white SUV, which investigators believe was in the area just before the crash. 

The second is Rickey's GMC Sierra, followed by two white/silver sedans that likely drove past the accident scene immediately after it happened, one of them possibly striking one of the victims. 

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Roseville Police Department at 651-767-0640.

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