ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) – Police said a 79-year-old man died Monday morning after being hit by a car while he was crossing a busy street in Roseville.

Charles R. Betts, of Roseville, died after being struck by a vehicle on Snelling Avenue Monday.

The accident happened at about 5:10 a.m. on Snelling Avenue at County Road B in Roseville, near Highway 36. An off-duty officer on his way into work came upon the incident moments after it happened. Betts was taken to Regions Hospital, where he later died.

Police said the driver of the car who hit the man is a 39-year-old man from St. Paul. He was not injured in the accident and is fully cooperating with police. According to a witness at the scene, southbound traffic on Snelling Avenue was heading at about 45 miles per hour as the light was green at the intersection.

Betts suddenly ran from east to west across Snelling Avenue and was hit by the vehicle a few car-lengths ahead of him. Police said there is no sign speed or driver impairment was a factor in the incident. The driver was questioned at the scene and released, while his vehicle was taken to police storage for further investigation.

The incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Roseville Police Department.


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