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Duluth woman admiring leaves dies in hit-and-run; suspect arrested

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Police in Duluth say a suspected hit-and-run driver is in custody after a 60-year-old woman was struck and killed in an incident along Skyline Parkway Tuesday evening.

A statement from police says the vehicle that hit Susan Elizabeth Legarde-Menz wound up in Twin Ponds and the driver fled the scene. A suspect was later arrested and is being held on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.

Her daughter tells the Star Tribune Legarde-Menz was out taking pictures of trees and was excited about going up to Enger Tower for photos of the fall colors.

The News Tribune reports the incident occurred at about 6 p.m. and says Legarde-Menz was later pronounced dead at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center.

The Star Tribune reports the man who was arrested has a long history of driving without a valid license. The newspaper says the 30-year-old has seven license-related convictions since 2002 and others for drunk driving, drug possession, and receiving stolen property.

Laurie Menz told the Star Tribune the man who struck her mother was on a joyride in a stolen car, though police have not confirmed that.

Menz told Northland's NewsCenter: "More than anything I'm very angry at whoever took my mother's life in such a stupid way. I just have no words. I'm absolutely furious. I can't imagine such a beautiful life snuffed out by someone stupid."

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