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Wrong-Way Driver Strikes 3 Near ‘U’ Campus

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police are investigating after a wrong-way driver struck three people on a sidewalk on the University of Minnesota campus early Friday.

Police said the incident happened at about 2 a.m. at Fifth Street Southeast and 12th Avenue in Minneapolis.

The driver was heading west down Fifth Street, a one-way stretch, and struck three people who were walking on the sidewalk.

Officers said none of the three pedestrians even saw the car coming before it ran into them.

One man, Ben Van Handel, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition. His family said he has a severe brain injury and multiple broken bones.

Van Handel’s family said he is an economics major at the ‘U’ and is set to graduate next month.

The other two pedestrians, both women, were also taken to HCMC but are expected to be alright.

Deb Bagley of Minneapolis said her 22-year-old daughter Sarah was one of the victims.

Sarah Bagley is a student at the U and was out with friends celebrating their upcoming graduation. They were on their way home when they were hit.

Deb Bagley said her daughter heard a car accelerating down the street. She said she doesn’t remember anything after that. She will have to have surgery on her knee because of the accident.

Police are looking for the driver, but say they don’t have a definitive description of the vehicle.

Homicide detectives are assisting in the investigation.

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