MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A pedestrian was hit by a car while crossing the street diagonally at the intersection of Second Avenue North and Fourth Street North.

Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer said the woman was in the driver’s blind spot when she was hit around 7:30 a.m. The driver was exiting Interstate 94 at Fourth Street and turning left on Second Avenue North when he hit the woman.

The woman suffered what initially appeared to be life-threatening head injuries but has since stabilized.

Police are continuing to investgiate the crash.

Minneapolis Police are also urging caution for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to prevent these kinds of accidents from happening.

They say the city has seen a dramatic increase in pedestrian and bicyclist versus vehicle accidents in the past week. A fatal accident involving a bicyclist and a semi truck also occurred Thursday morning in the Dinkytown area.

The Minneapolis Police Department said in response to the increase in accidents, they have begun to step up enforcement of drivers not yielding to pedestrians and pedestrians jaywalking in congested areas. Enforcement of cyclists not obeying the rules of the road are also being increased.

Comments (20)
  1. whatever says:

    I suppose as the weather gets warmer and improves there will be an increase of things like this happening.

  2. jimbo says:

    i loathe pedestrians that think they can just cross in the middle of a street and that traffic will stop for them. car vs human, the car ALWAYS wins.

    and bikers need to get fined for not obeying the rules just as much as us drivers. flying through red lights? yea, thats just dumb. i follow the traffic lights and rules and in turn so should they.

    1. hateignorance says:

      Jimbo you are a ignorant moron! Get a clue

  3. Annette says:

    Please, please, please get your reporting right, CBS. This woman is my coworker. My other coworker was a witness who was in front of her IN THE CROSSWALK. Both were crossing legally and during the white walk signal. For those who say she deserves it, please stop posting such comments. It’s hurtful to those of us who love her and her gentle spirit.

    1. Annette says:

      Wow. You are a classic.

      1. JamieinMN says:

        Well, have you? Then you don’t know 100% what happened. I’m simply trying to state a point here.

        1. Charles says:

          Wow! Can you put away your ax for a moment and Think. You are talking about a human life that was nearly lost. There is a key witness that was in the same crosswalk, but that has not come forward yet because this person is in too much shock.

          1. JamieinMN says:

            I’m sure there were plenty of key witnesses, not just ONE. What’s your point?

            1. Marie says:

              The point is, have you ever been to that intersection? There are three separate flows of traffic, and at rush hour, it’s basically non-stop. You’d have to be completely stupid to cross diagonally there, and I doubt there would even be a large enough gap to try it. The real point here is that this woman’s family is waiting for news in the hospital as we speak, and implying that this is in any way her fault is hurtful and unnecessary, regardless of what you choose to believe really happened.

            2. Charles says:

              My point is…what if this was your wife, sister, niece, mother to your children. Would you want to people to be saying such things. or would you want them to offer words of encouragement or prayer. Although there are instances where pedestrians and bikers are in the wrong, in the same token there are more and more drivers that acting irresponsibly by talking on cell phones, texting, eating, and putting on makeup and not paying attention to there surroundings. Maybe we could extend the same grace we would expect for our own shortcomings.

        2. JamieinMN says:

          I am NOT mean spirited. It’s possible the “facts” are untrue, but YOU don’t know that, neither does Annette. I am simply going by facts that were stated.

  4. Bill says:

    I have crossed that intersection for 2 years now and have NEVER seen anyone try and cross it diagonally! However I’ve seen many cars trying to beat the light taking a left from 394.
    Jimbo, 4/20 was yesterday.

  5. Hmmm says:

    I am pretty sure the pedestrian always has the right of way. Having said that if the pedestrian was jaywalking the driver probably wouldn’t be charged if he/she was not doing anything illegal and in fact the pedestrian could be ticketed for jaywalking.

  6. Lagerhops says:

    Many passive aggressive drivers feel justified in making an amplified point if someone is doing something they feel is wrong. Do you really demand your RIGHT OF WAY (“right away”) when it will put another in imminent danger?

  7. Cookie says:

    I really wish people would know all the facts before blabbing their mouth. You can’t always believe what the media writes. Keep your opinions to yourself! If you have nothing nice to say DON”T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL! May God be with her and her family.

  8. Suzie says:


  9. concerned says:

    I saw the whole thing. This lady was not crossing diagonally. She was hit right in the crosswalk. I hope she recovers, it looked bad. I understand that pedestrians sometimes don’t cross at the right times or places, but there is no reason to say she deserved it.

    1. Annette says:

      Did you talk to the police? I’m sure no one has read the actual accident report, but I will be getting it today. Thanks for speaking up.

  10. Hopeful says:

    I’d also like to say that I cross that intersection daily – this woman is also my co-worker. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been hit by drivers making a left turn without even checking to see if there is anyone in the crosswalk. Even while I am crossing the crosswalk, I have to keep checking to see if another car is going to turn left without checking if someone is crossing – it’s very scary.

  11. Annette says:

    Here’s an update for us all. I just talked to the Records Information Unit at Minneapolis City Hall and he said the accident report is not available to anyone, including the media. The only one who can view this report is a member of the family. I then asked how a reporter could get information on this accident, and he said they could have listened to the 911 call.

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