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2 people outside Grand Casino Mille Lacs hit by pickup truck, suffer life-threatening injuries

The victims were in the crosswalk when the crash happened early Friday.
Grand Casino Mille Lacs - US-169, Onamia, Minnesota - September 2019

Two people, one of whom is a teenager, are battling life-threatening injuries after being struck by a pickup truck outside of a casino early Friday.

Joseph Nickaboine, 36, and Kiala Marie Ryle, 18, were in the crosswalk on Highway 169 near Grand Avenue, just outside Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Kathio Township, around 1:17 a.m., according to the State Patrol

A driver in a Ford F-150, traveling northbound on the highway, struck Nickaboine and Ryle. Both were taken to North Memorial with life-threatening injuries, the State Patrol said.

The driver of the pickup, a 58-year-old from Palisade, was not injured. 

The State Patrol said alcohol does not appear to be involved.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the law enforcement's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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