A 56-year-old woman died following an early morning hit-and-run in St. Paul Tuesday.
A witness said the victim had been lying in the street at the intersection of Rice Street and Ivy Avenue around 12:30 a.m., according to the St. Paul Police Department. The witness had been heading north on Rice Street and pulled over to help the woman.
Before he could get out of the vehicle, he saw a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, directly toward the woman. He tried to get the other driver's attention, police said, by "hanging out of his vehicle window" and "frantically waving his arms."
The vehicle did not stop, however, running over the victim's legs and continuing south, driving away from the scene, according to the police department.
When officers and medics with the fire department arrived on the scene, the woman was lying in a pool of blood near the southwest corner of the intersection, police said, and was not breathing. They attempted first aid and got her into an ambulance, but she was pronounced dead after about 10 minutes.
It was during this time the witness described what happened to police on the scene.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the driver of the vehicle that struck the victim had not been located. Police also said they do not know yet why the woman had been lying in the intersection. The department is investigating.
Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.