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Early this week, a Edina man was sentenced to 41 months for running over a mother of two that was in a crosswalk. The woman had been crossing in a group after attending the fireworks of the Father Hennepin Festival. The senseless tragedy happened at Hwy. 169 at Hayden Lake Road. Hopefully, her family will find a little solace in the drivers going to prison. Sympathy goes out to all those that suffered from this loss.

Recent research indicates that deaths involving motor vehicles are down in Minnesota, but as my partner, Joe Crumley, recently wrote about, the numbers of pedestrian deaths are up. Deaths linked to drinking and driving have also increased. The rules are simple and must always be followed:

  • Don’t Drink and Drive
  • Use designated drivers
  • Always remember that the more you drink, the more your odds of making bad choices increase.
  • As drivers on the road: It’s also worth keeping in mind, the deadliest roads in Stearns county to try to stay away from at night.

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