Alcohol Suspected After Driver Hits Woman In St. Paul

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Police say alcohol may have been a factor after a 24-year-old woman was struck by car at Snelling and Selby avenues in St. Paul.

The accident occurred around 11:15 p.m. Thursday. Police say Abigail Lonski, of Minneapolis, was leaving work and crossing Selby when she was hit by a driver, identified as 60-year-old John Robert Bultena, of Mendota Heights.

Lonski was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and was said to be conscious when officers arrived.

Police say the driver showed signs of alcohol use and impairment. He was taken into custody for possible criminal vehicular operation charges.

St. Paul Police Traffic and Accident investigators are reconstructing the crash.

Joe Tamburino, Baltena’s attorney, issued a response on Baltena’s behalf, saying, “he is deeply sorry. His thoughts are with the victim and he will do anything in his power to assist her in any way.”


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