3M engineer, avid outdoorsman is killed crossing the road in St. Paul

A 60-year-old lawyer has been arrested and is being held in connection with causing Scott Spoo's death.
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A jogger killed while crossing the road in St. Paul has been identified as Scott Spoo of Woodbury.

The 35-year-old was struck by an SUV as he crossed Mississippi River Boulevard at Dayton Avenue around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, St. Paul police announced.

The driver, a 60-year-old lawyer from St. Paul, has been arrested and booked for criminal vehicle operation, with police telling the Pioneer Press they believe he was "under the influence of something" and was possibly on his phone.

Tributes are being paid to Spoo, an engineer for 3M, with his mother Ruth describing him to the Pioneer Press as "a quiet guy who was very kind" and who loved spending time outdoors.

Ed Hedblom, Spoo's colleague at 3M, where they were both in the company's cycling group, told the Star Tribune: "He had an easy manner. He he was very welcoming and kind. Everyone at 3M who knew him is devastated."

The newspaper notes his death is the first for a pedestrian in St. Paul this year. There had been four by this time in 2016.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is among the friends and well-wishers who have been commemorating Spoo's death.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Scott Spoo who was hit and killed while running in Saint Paul last night," it wrote on Facebook. "Scott was an avid bicyclist and a dedicated bike advocate at 3M and in the community. He will be dearly missed."

On his Facebook page, friend Amy Oberbroeckling wrote: Tragic news this morning to hear that this wonderful person was killed while out doing one of the things he loved most, running along the river. Rest in peace, Scott. You will be missed."

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