A 13-year-old had to be airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital after being hit this morning while crossing a street in Faribault.
Police say the girl was in the crosswalk at the intersection of 2nd Avenue NW and 8th Street NW when she was struck at 7:23am. First responders say she was conscious, but incoherent. She was taken by ambulance to District One Hospital and later airlifted to a trauma center in the metro.
Police say several vehicles, both northbound and southbound, had stopped to allow the teen to cross, when a 54-year-old Faribault man passed the stopped vehicles on the right side and struck the girl.
The driver was released from the scene pending the completion of the investigation. He is expected to be charged at a later date.
“This tragic crash was completely preventable. Our thoughts are with the girl and her family as she recovers,” said Police Chief Andy Bohlen. “Drivers are reminded to slow down and yield the right-of-way to pedestrian.”