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2 Twin Cities bicyclists hit by cars in the past 2 days

One of the wrecks left the cyclist fighting for his life, and the driver fled the scene.

Twice in the span of just over 30 hours, a bicyclist in the Twin Cities was hit by a car.

In what was the more serious of the two crashes, a man on a bicycle was hit at the intersection of 7th Street and West Grand Avenue in St. Paul just after midnight Sunday, the police department said.

The cyclist was lying in the middle of the road when first responders arrived, "unconscious, unresponsive and suffering from grave injuries," according to police. The driver of the car – who witnesses told police ran a red light before the crash – fled, and police are asking for information to try to find the person.

The victim was described as "fighting for his life."

He was apparently an employee for Brasa Rotisserie, which is a little over a mile west of where the accident happened. The restaurant on Facebook says he was on his way home from work when he was hit, and was wearing a helmet plus headlamp.

Brasa says he underwent multiple surgeries Sunday and was in critical condition.

High schooler hits a fellow student

The other crash occurred in Monticello Monday morning, down the block from the city's high school. 

The Wright County Sheriff's Office says a 16-year-old boy was crossing School Boulevard at Fallon Avenue, in the crosswalk, at 7:12 a.m. when he was hit by a car. 

He was taken to the hospital but fortunately wasn't seriously hurt.

The driver was a 16-year-old girl. Both she and the boy are students at Monticello High School.

How often do bike-vehicle crashes happen?

There were 898 bicycle crashes with cars in Minnesota in 2015 (the most recent full report available). From that, 873 cyclists were injured. 

Ten cyclists were killed – that's out of the 411 road fatalities in the state overall that year, meaning bike-vehicle crashes accounted for about 2.5 percent of all the deaths.

Most bike-vehicle crashes happen during afternoon rush hour time, the state's Department of Public Safety says, but there's a small increase in incidents from 6-9 a.m. too.

More populated areas also see most of the crashes, with 95 percent coming in cities with at least 5,000 people.

Typically about 10 cyclists are killed in crashes every year, the Toward Zero Deaths website says.

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