Construction worker hit in East Bethel identified

EAST BETHEL, Minn. - A construction worker remains in critical condition after being hit by a car in East Bethel on Monday.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident at the intersection of 7th Street and 237th Avenue NE just after 1 p.m. According to the sheriff's office, a sign holder for a construction crew had been struck by a vehicle that was headed west on 237th.

The victim, 33-year-old Laura Elena Soto Silva, of Fergus Falls, was airlifted to HCMC with life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the driver was a 19-year-old woman from East Bethel. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, but the sheriff's office says distracted driving likely played a role.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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