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Woman killed crossing street in downtown Minneapolis is identified

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The woman killed when struck by a car while crossing the road in snowy downtown Minneapolis Tuesday has been identified.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed on Wednesday that Rachel David, 56, of Minneapolis, died when crossing the intersection of 8th St. N. and Hennepin Ave. just before 5 p.m.

The cause of death was listed as "multiple blunt force injuries."

Minneapolis police have not confirmed at this stage whether the weather conditions played a role in the incident, with David hit by a vehicle turning onto 8th St., saying the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

The collision happened during Tuesday's snowstorm, and the Star Tribune reports that David was on her way home from work, after her employer – Care Providers of Minnesota – had closed the office early because of the weather.

"This is a difficult time for all of us, as we are a close staff of 18," a Care Providers of Minnesota spokesperson told the newspaper. "We had an all-staff meeting and are working through the short-term and long-term problems."

FOX 9 reports there have been 81 pedestrians hit on foot by cars along Hennepin Ave. between 10th St. S. and 2nd St. N in the past 10 years.

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