Death in Dinkytown: Truck runs over bicyclist

The bike rider was run down across from McDonald's, shown on the map above.
The bike rider was run down across from McDonald's, shown on the map above.

For the second time in a week, someone has been run over in the neighborhood next to the University of Minnesota.

This morning's crash was deadly. Police say 25-year-old U of M student Kimberly Hull of St. Paul was struck at about 8 a.m. while riding a bicycle at 15th Avenue and 4th Street South, near McDonald's.

A KARE 11 crew arrived to see the body covered by a sheet. Police say the truck's driver entered the intersection first and was making a right turn when Hull hit the truck. The driver stayed put and was questioned by officers at the scene.

Location of the crash:

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News of that crash comes the same day that University of Minnesota senior Benjamin Van Handel, 23, is apparently near death after being hit by a driver going the wrong way down a one-way street. He suffered major brain injuries as a result.

His mom posted this update on his CaringBridge website:

"Ben is restfully sleeping, enjoying his last night with us. He fought very hard but despite his heroic effort and the prayers of multitudes of people the Lord has a different plan for him."

Two women walking with Van Handel that night were also struck and hospitalized. Police are looking for a white Toyota Camry or Solera with front-end damage in that crash, and they're telling pedestrians and bicyclists to be on guard:

Warmer weather brings many people into the streets to walk to work, cycle or get out in the fresh air. As this occurs drivers, especially in areas which see considerably more pedestrian and cyclist traffic such as the entertainment districts and downtown, need to exercise more caution as they drive. Additionally, though state law does grant the right of way to pedestrians, Minneapolis Police are asking pedestrians and cyclists to watch out for themselves.

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