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Wednesday afternoon, a woman was entering a Bloomington Sam’s Club when she was struck by a hit and run driver. She was in a marked crosswalk and at the time of the impact. Her husband was one of the witness’s that saw the tragedy and watched as the driver gunned his car and fled.

The driver was apprehended and charged with third-degree murder and three counts of criminal vehicular homicide. His blood-alcohol level was 0.41 percent, according to the charges. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08 percent. He admitted to the police to have been drinking a half-liter of vodka Wednesday and that he fled because he had been drinking.

This is a tragedy for all involved. Recent research indicates that deaths involving motor vehicles are down in Minnesota, but at the same time those deaths linked to drinking and driving have 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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