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Driver in stolen minivan fatally strikes pedestrian in Minneapolis, then flees the scene

Police are still searching for the driver.

A young man standing outside was struck and killed by the driver of a stolen minivan in an early morning hit-and-run in north Minneapolis.

According to preliminary findings from the Minneapolis Police Department, a white minivan that had been reported stolen in Anoka County was traveling "at a high rate of speed" and being driven "in a very erratic manner." Around 1:15 a.m., while on the 4600 block of Lyndale Avenue North, the driver of the minivan swerved.

The van then struck a man in his 20s who had been standing outside, causing severe injuries.

The driver of the minivan kept going southbound, striking a semi-truck heading northbound on Lyndale Avenue North. police said. At that point the minivan driver got out and ran away from the scene.

Officers were called to the site of the crashes around 1:22 a.m. There they found the man in his 20s suffering from "obvious trauma." He was pronounced dead at the scene, with the police department saying this is the city's 15th fatal crash of 2021 — up from 12 at this time a year ago. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will identify the victim and determine a cause of death.

Police said a passenger in the minivan also suffered injuries. Before officers arrived, another vehicle had pulled up to the scene and taken that person to the hospital for care.

Investigators are still looking for the minivan driver who fled. Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). or submit a tip online at www.CrimeStoppersMN.org.

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

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