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Man crossing the street against a walk signal is fatally hit by car

It's at least the second pedestrian fatality this year.

A 50-year-old St. Paul man was killed after being hit by a car in Fridley Monday.

The man was crossing Highway 47 at the intersection of 57th Avenue Northeast when he was hit by a Honda Civic traveling northbound on the highway just before 6 a.m., the Minnesota State Patrol's report says.

The Honda had a green light, while the pedestrian crossed against the walk signal, the report says.

The man who was killed has not been identified, but officials expect to release more information Monday evening.

There has been at least one other fatal pedestrian crash on Minnesota roads this year, according to the State Patrol's website. The other was on Jan. 13, when 59-year-old Richard James Jacobs was fatally struck by a drunk driver in Wright County.

According to the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths website, at least 10 people have been killed in traffic-related incidents in Minnesota this year (both pedestrians and people in vehicles). At this time last year, there were nine traffic fatalities.

2016 was deadly for pedestrians

Sixty people were fatally hit by cars last year, marking 2016 the deadliest year for pedestrians on Minnesota roads since 1991.

Officials told GoMN earlier this month that it's still too early to say what led to the spike in pedestrian deaths in 2016, but officials encourage both pedestrians and drivers to pay attention.

Although Minnesota saw pedestrian deaths increase from 41 in 2015 and 17 in 2014, the Twin Cities remains one of the safer metropolitan areas for walkers compared to the rest of the country, according to Smart Growth America's 2016 report released last month.

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington came in at No. 93 on the list, which looked at the 104 largest metro areas. (The list included state data from 2005-2014, so it did not include 2016.)

The report also found there are disparities between who gets hit by vehicles. Native Americans, African Americans and adults 65 years and older are at much higher risk of getting hit by a car. The report suggests people of color are more likely to be walking because they're less likely to own a vehicle, and low-income communities and communities of color tend to have some of the most dangerous streets for pedestrians.

People of color make up 15.5 percent of Minnesota's population, but 20.2 percent of people who were hit by cars were people of color. Minnesotans who are 65 and older make up 13.6 percent of the population, but made up 25 percent of the people killed while walking.

To read the full report, click here.

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