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Oakdale pedestrian killed by SUV on Highway 120
An Oakdale woman was hit and killed by a vehicle while walking on Highway 120 on the border of Oakdale and Maplewood Monday night, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Police and sheriff's deputies from multiple agencies were called to Hwy. 120, also called Century Avenue and Geneva Avenue, near 10th Street North at about 5:45 p.m., according to the incident report.
Laura Elfstrum, 45, was struck and killed by a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle while walking southbound on the right shoulder outside of a crosswalk with another person.
A 78-year-old Maplewood woman was reportedly driving the SUV northbound between 20 and 25 miles per hour on Hwy. 120, north of 10th Street North, when it collided with Elfstrum. The driver did not appear to be injured.
The incident is still under investigation, according to Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. He said he did not have additional information on the unnamed pedestrian, traffic conditions at the time of the incident or if charges would be filed against the driver. No alcohol was detected in the motorist's system at the time of the incident.
The U.S. Naval Observatory reports sunset occurred at 4:56 p.m. that evening, about forty minutes before the crash. With several gas stations and convenience stores in the area, the intersection also tends to draw significant traffic.
“Probably when the investigation is complete, we’d know the answers to some of those questions,” Roeske said. “It all depends on what we’re able to determine based on the evidence and other information collected.”
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