MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) – A woman is dead after being hit by a car in Maple Grove near the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes mall Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Authorities said the incident happened early Tuesday afternoon near Elm Creek Boulevard and Hemlock Lane, a busy area near shopping malls and downtown Maple Grove. Captain Keith Terlinden with Maple Grove police said a citizen contacted police about a vehicle driving erratically and swerving in the area.

“A citizen was following this vehicle and there was a fair amount of swerving by this suspect vehicle so that’s why this person was calling us,” he said.

When authorities arrived to the intersection of Elm Creek Boulevard and Hemlock Lane, they discovered an accident scene. Witnesses in the area told police a woman standing on the sidewalk was hit by a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This woman was not in a crosswalk, she was in a protected area on the sidewalk,” Terlinden said.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the woman was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be evaluated.

“Right now, we are investigating it as a case where alcohol could be involved. So to say it’s a contributing factor would be premature but we’re investigating that,” he said.

No information has been released about the victim or the driver of the car at this time.

Ashley Olson said she’s driven in the area and finds it’s not only dangerous for pedestrians but for motorists as well.

“The lights are too quick, you can’t get across it in enough time and people are always in a hurry to get through the intersection,” she said. “It’s not a safe situation.”

Comments (21)
  1. Gary says:

    you’re making a lot of wild assumptions, how about instead of being a jerk maybe you should be concerned for the life lost and their soon to be grieving families

    1. Another tragic says:

      I think the assumption of driving impaired is spot on if you read the above.
      I agree with the fact you cannot even safely walk in this state anymore on the sidewalks or roads. This stuff occurs way to often, day and night

      My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased. Tragic.

      I won’t address the driver as you would not want to hear it Gary.

    2. to Gary says:

      what ?????????

  2. Red says:

    Idiot- This is a horrible tragedy. Have some heart.

  3. michelle says:

    I saw this scene, I saw the first cop arrive. It was bad. It was clear, nothing obstructing the view of a driver. There was 2 cars with damage at least, I believe from trying to not hit the victim again. It was ugly,

  4. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Yes, let’s all make assumptions and cast aspersions about people and events we know virtually nothing about.

    For all we know the driver may have been experiencing a heart attack while driving.

    I will never understand why some people will use another person’s misfortune as an excuse to jump on the Net and be just plain mean.

  5. Tom Senserd says:

    so they got Amy this time?

  6. Hummer says:

    Wow –
    (reminding self I will never walk again where a car can get me…….)

    this is so sad. Prayers sent to the family of the deceased.

  7. Research says:

    I typically walk toward traffic when on sidewalk even though the law states to walk with traffic. With so many text, calls, drugs, heart attacks, I really can’t walk without seeing the traffic in front of me. Of course if a car suddenly swerves that’s not going to help but it feels better to walk/bike against it. This sucks this happened though.

    1. Tom says:

      Actually…you are supposed to walk against traffic. Bike with traffic, walk against.

  8. Tommy Chelshire says:

    Imagine the words used once again above – A L C O H O L

  9. Resident says:

    The witness is correct, the traffic lights at this intersection, along with the other ones on Hemlock, turn red way too quickly. The lights usually only stay yellow for about one second.

    1. NW Suburb guy says:

      I drive through the area on a very regular basis, and the lights are yellow for quite awhile and give drivers plenty of time to stop. The trouble is that drivers in the area seem to believe the traffic laws don’t apply to them and regularly enter the intersections as the yellow lights are turning red.

  10. Just sayin says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victim. I agree we have way to many failure to yield situations in this state and nothing is being done about it. This wasn’t the case in this situation, but in this state if you hit someone (fail to yield or inattentive driving) and there are no drugs or alcohol in your system than it’s only a misdeamonor and your fine will be less than if you were caught with 2 fish over the limit.

  11. Greg says:

    Is there a specification for how long a traffic signal must be yellow? Seconds per mph? If not there should be because it is inconsistant throught the twin cities. Some lights change front yellow to red too fast for the speed limit.

  12. r says:

    I know the woman. Her husband died of brain cancer about 4 or 5 months ago..She had 2 children ages 12 and below who lost both of their parents in 1 year. This is just horrible. Simply horrible.

    1. michelle says:

      So sorry to hear this. I saw the scene today. It was terrible. My prayers go out to the children.

  13. b says:

    I also know Ann. (Hopefully I’m allowed to say her first name.) She has been a co-worker of mine for about the last 11-12 years. She was a very upbeat, sweet and big hearted person.
    She was with her husband (and best friend) Dan every step of the way while he battled his cancer. She also has been such an outstanding parent to both of her children, one of which has autism. (And she was even beyond outstanding with him!!!)
    To say the least, it was a very tough and somber day at work for so many of us…This is beyond tragic!!!!!

    1. Sue says:

      Oh, how horrible! My heart aches for Ann’s family and friends. I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers, especially her children.

  14. Melissa says:

    As a parent of a child with autism or really just a person this breaks my heart. One of my biggest fears would be for my children to lose their parents. I was in the area shortly after and had hoped there was no loss of life. I am so saddened to hear this. I will be thinking about and praying for this family.

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