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A driver who pulled around a stopped car hit two people in a crosswalk

They were hit in a crosswalk; one has critical injuries

When Jane and Roy Krueger were waiting to cross Highway 12 in Waverly, Minnesota on Wednesday evening, a driver stopped at the crosswalk to let them by. Unfortunately, the driver of a Chevy Silverado that came up behind the stopped car was not as patient.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Silverado pulled around the other car and hit the Kruegers, sending both of them to the hospital. 

The State Patrol report says the injuries to Jane Krueger, 40, are life-threatening. The injuries to Roy, who's 57, are not. 

They were hit a little after 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Waverly is a town of fewer than 1,500 people in Wright County, a little beyond the western suburbs of the Twin Cities.

Minnesota's crosswalk law

There's no word yet on any criminal charges against the woman from Dassel who was driving the Silverado. 

But if the State Patrol's incident report is accurate, she broke the law. 

Here are the basics of Minnesota's crosswalk law:

  • Drivers have to stop at any marked crosswalk and at any intersection to let pedestrians cross the road.
  • Drivers have to stay stopped until the pedestrian is out of their lane of traffic.
  • You can't drive around a car that has stopped at a crosswalk to let people by.

The law says pedestrians have to do their part by obeying traffic signals and signs. You also can't step into a crosswalk if a car that's coming is too close to stop safely. 

Pedestrian deaths have been going up

In 2016 the number of pedestrians hit and killed on Minnesota roads reached its highest level in 25 years The 60 deaths more than tripled the total from just two years earlier. 

Safety officials say distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents but failure to stop at crosswalks has been a problem, too. 

Earlier this year St. Paul launched a "Stop for Me" campaign to focus attention on the issue after a pedestrian was killed. But the city's latest numbers show crashes involving people on foot are running a little ahead of last year's pace.

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