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Man dies after being hit by SUV while crossing Minneapolis street

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon in northeast Minneapolis.
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A pedestrian who was crossing the street in northeast Minneapolis has died after being hit by an SUV driver.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers responded at 2:14 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a pedestrian hit in the area of Lowry Avenue Northeast and Arthur Street Northeast.

When they arrived, they found a man, believed to be in his 50s, lying in the street. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. 

A man in his 40s was driving the vehicle, which sustained front-end damage, that hit the victim. He was stopped at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, police said. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. 

The MPD's preliminary investigation points to the victim crossing Lowry Avenue Northeast from south to north when he was hit. 

The medical examiner will release the victim's identity. 

No other details were released.

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More than 30 pedestrians died in traffic-related crashes on Minnesota roads in 2020, preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show. In 2019, 50 pedestrians were killed in crashes.

That year, public safety officials said in their annual report data show an increasing trend of crashes involving pedestrians, which is "cause for alarm ... as pedestrians represent the most vulnerable of road users." 

Note: Some of 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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