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A 3-year-old boy was killed crossing the street in Minneapolis

Police say he was getting dropped off on 17th Avenue South in Minneapolis.
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A little boy was killed while crossing the street in Minneapolis this weekend.

Minneapolis Police say 3-year-old Hamza Mohoumed Abdillahi was getting dropped off on 17thAvenue South at around 8:30 p.m. Friday when he was hit by a car. Adillahi got out of a van parked next to the curb facing northbound, walked behind the vehicle and into the street. He was hit by a sedan traveling northbound.

Witnesses tried to help the boy until police and paramedics arrived, the news release says. He was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.

The adult male driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, police said. The crash is under investigation.

Pedestrian deaths

Minnesota roads have been deadly for pedestrians lately. Last year, 60 pedestrians were killed – the most in 25 years. In 2015, there were 41 pedestrian fatalities on roads in Minnesota.

This trend is mirrored nationally. In 2016, an estimated 5,997 pedestrians were killed in crashes in the U.S., up 11 percent on 2015 when 5,376 pedestrians died on roads, according to a report released in March. The report blames distracting cellphones for part of that rise.

Drivers aren’t the only ones at fault. The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety says about 16 percent of people who are killed on Minnesota roads every year were not crossing the street correctly.

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