MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 54-year-old man is expected to face charges after a 13-year-old girl in a crosswalk was hit by a car near a school in Faribault Tuesday morning, according to police.

Faribault police responded to the incident at about 7:23 a.m. at the intersection of 2nd Avenue NW and 8th Street NW. When officers arrived, they found a 13-year-girl that had been hit by a car and was conscious, but incoherent. The girl was taken to Allina District One Hospital before being airlifted to a Twin Cities trauma center.

An investigation shows the girl was in a crosswalk at the intersection, and several vehicles heading both northbound and southbound had stopped to allow her to cross. Witnesses said a 54-year-old man driving a 1998 Lincoln Navigator was heading northbound, passed the stopped vehicles on the right side and hit the girl in the crosswalk.

The driver was released from the scene, pending an investigation. He is expected to be charged at a later date, but has not been identified. The State Patrol is assisting Faribault police with the investigation.

“This tragic crash was completely preventable. Our thoughts are with the girl and her family as she recovers,” Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen said. “Drivers are reminded to slow down and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.”

  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Notwithstanding the potential tragedy of this crash, one must ask, would the Google car have stopped in time? What if there was a way this driver could have started the braking ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 30 – 40 feet shorter, perhaps in an even shorter distance than the Google car. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer (But girly!) left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers (over 40!), inefficient(poor stopping distance) and dangerous (right foot pedal errors) right foot braking on automatic transmission cars. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431. NHTSA insists on calling it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the driver rather than their beloved right foot braking method. Score to date 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price men both in and out of government are apparently willing to pay to maintain their systemic belief in right foot braking on automatic cars even though they have zero scientific justification. As one transportation “expert” said “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about who has the safer braking method but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods! Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

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