MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul police say a 24-year-old man has been arrested after a pedestrian was struck and killed early Tuesday morning.
According to police, officers were traveling westbound on Seventh Street East near Mounds Boulevard just before 2 a.m. when they witnessed a vehicle strike a pedestrian in the eastbound lane of Seventh Street.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: 'Unprecedented' Statewide Air Quality Alert Continues
When officers stopped to investigate, they found a man lying in the street. One officer jumped out of the squad to render aid while the other officer pursued the vehicle that hit the man.
Despite life-saving efforts, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.READ MORE: Minnesota Olympians Help Boost Interest In Their Sports At Home
The officer caught up with the suspect vehicle on Mounds Boulevard where the driver had pulled over. There was front-end damage to the vehicle and officers detected an odor of alcohol on the breath of the suspect.
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Komeng Xiong of St. Paul, was arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.
It’s the third pedestrian fatality in St. Paul this year.MORE NEWS: Woman Injured In Shooting In Brooklyn Park Basement
The victim’s identity will be released once he’s positively identified and family notifications have been made.