Elderly pedestrian struck by SUV

Elderly woman struck by vehicle while walking on Arnold Road. Elderly woman struck by vehicle while walking on Arnold Road. | 

Updated: February 23, 2021 08:23 PM
Created: February 23, 2021 06:33 PM

An elderly woman is in the hospital with severe injuries, after being hit by a pickup truck.

First Responders with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department and the Rice Lake Fire Department were called to a motor vehicle crash on Arnold Road. Initial reports said a white SUV had struck a pedestrian.

Authorities say the 70-year-old woman who was hit was taken by ambulance to the hospital with a life threatening head injury.

According to officials, the 33-year-old male driver had fled the scene on foot, before law enforcement arrived. Officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect a short distance away. He is currently being processed for driving under the influence, and criminal vehicular operation.

The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting with the investigation. Deputies remained on scene for a while following the crash. Names will be released after the family has been notified.

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