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St. Paul police ask for help solving 2 hit-and-run cases

A man is still hospitalized after being hit by a car in mid-February, while a woman is on a "long road to recovery" after being hit by a van in December.
Police are seeking help finding the driver of a silver Ford Taurus that hit a 55-year-old man in February. The vehicle the suspect was driving looks similar to this.

Police are seeking help finding the driver of a silver Ford Taurus that hit a 55-year-old man in February. The vehicle the suspect was driving looks similar to this.

The St. Paul Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the motorists in two hit-and-run cases that left pedestrians seriously injured. 

One of the hit-and-runs police are seeking help with happened at 11:29 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, near Rice and University in St. Paul. 

The SPPD says the driver of a silver Ford Taurus hit a 55-year-old man and likely fled west on University Avenue. Police say the vehicle likely has or had damage to the left front fender, windshield, hood and possibly the roof. 

As for the victim, he's in the hospital suffering from "severe head injuries." He's in critical but stable condition and unable to communicate, the SPPD said. 

If you know who was driving the Taurus, which looks similar to the one pictured above, SPPD asks that you call 651-266-5721.

December hit-and-run

Police are asking for the public's help to locate the driver of this minivan that was involved in a hit-and-run in December. 

Police are asking for the public's help to locate the driver of this minivan that was involved in a hit-and-run in December. 

The SPPD is also seeking information on a hit and run from Dec. 1, 2020. 

A man driving an early 2000s-model silver minivan hit a 57-year-old grandmother as she was crossing the street near Rice and Milford streets at 8:31 p.m. 

The driver of the minivan stopped, got out and checked on the victim, but then drove off. 

The victim was in the hospital for weeks but has since returned home. The SPPD says she has a "long recovery ahead of her."

The suspect police are looking for is described as a middle-aged Black man who is under 6 feet tall. At the time of the crash, he was wearing a flat cap and dark-rimmed glasses. 

The minivan he was driving (pictured above) had "distinct rust spots and a missing hubcap" when it hit the victim. 

If you know who was driving the minivan, SPPD asks that you call 651-266-5721.

In the first 59 days of 2021, 14 pedestrians have been hit by vehicles and three were killed, the SPPD says. 

Statewide so far this year, five pedestrians and one bicyclist have been hit and killed by vehicles, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's website shows.

From January-November 2020 (December data wasn't listed on the state's site), preliminary numbers show 36 pedestrians and nine bicyclists were killed in crashes.

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