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Woman charged in hit-and-run involving 2 bicyclists in Minneapolis


A 62-year-old Minneapolis woman has been charged with criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm in connection with a hit-and-run crash that injured two bicyclists late Saturday, The Associated Press reports.

According to police, Stephanie Smith-El is accused of hitting two occupied vehicles before hitting Jason Bradley and Kathryn Bradley of Minneapolis, who were both riding bicycles.

The Star Tribune says the Bradleys suffered broken bones and other injuries, and are at Hennepin County Medical Center. A spokeswoman from HCMC says Jason Bradley, 29, was in serious condition Sunday. There was no word on the condition of Kathryn Bradley, 28.

According to KSTP, police responded to the report of the crash involving the vehicles and bicycles at about 10:30 p.m. near Marshall and Broadway Streets NE.

KSTP says when police located Smith-El after the accident, she was slumped behind the wheel of her car and showing obvious signs of impairment.The Star Tribune says officers smelled alcohol on the woman’s breath, and she admitted to drinking and driving, according to the police report.

Police also say Smith-El was driving with a revoked license. The Star Tribune says Saturday's incident marked the third time in three years that she’s been accused of driving without a proper license.

WCCO says Smith-El was treated for minor injuries before she was booked in Hennepin County Jail.

Saturday's incident marked the second hit-and-run accident involving bicyclists in just over a week.

On Aug. 2, a motorist struck two people biking on a frontage road in Oak Park Heights and then fled the scene. One of the cyclists, Mai Yang, 35, of St. Paul, died a few days later. Yang's husband, E. Xiong, is still recovering from serious injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for help finding the suspect in the case.

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