Police arrest driver involved in Roseville crash that killed 2 pedestrians

A second vehicle was allegedly involved, police say, with the driver possibly under the influence.
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Police investigating the crash in Roseville that killed two pedestrians on Thursday say a second vehicle was involved, and they've arrested the suspected driver.

Robert Buxton, 47, and Meredith Aikens, 45, were crossing Larpenteur Avenue when they were hit and killed by a GMC Sierra pickup driven by 72-year-old John Michael Rickey, of St. Paul, who is cooperating with investigators.

But in a release Sunday evening, Roseville police say that they have now identified what they believe is a second vehicle involved in the crash.

A reconstruction of the crash found that after Rickey's pickup hit the two victims, at least one of them was struck by a second vehicle, which fled the scene.

Following a public issue of appeal on Friday, police received several tips that led to the identification of a second driver suspected of being involved.

On Saturday, detectives found their vehicle, a Chrysler LaBaron, at a St. Paul bar and stopped the driver as he was leaving, arresting him on suspicion of DUI after it was found he'd been drinking.

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They also found damage to his vehicle and "additional evidence linking him to the crash."

"It is believed the driver was impaired at the time of the crash and aware he struck the victim(s)," a statement from Roseville police said.

The deaths of Aikens and Buxton, along with the deaths of two more pedestrians on Twin Cities roads since Thursday, has prompted safety warnings by police officials in both Roseville and St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press.

Both departments attribute the recent warm spell combined with the shorter, darker days as being a factor in the spate of fatal incidents.

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