MINNETONKA, Minn. - A 17-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a vehicle while on foot in Minnetonka Wednesday.
Both lanes of westbound Highway 7 near County Highway 101 were shut down around 6:10 a.m. after the incident, which left the teen pedestrian dead. Traffic backed up significantly as the deadly crash occurred in the heart of morning rush hour.
Highway 101 reopened around 9:20 a.m.
MN State Patrol Lt. Craig Isaacson tells KARE 11 that the victim was not in the crosswalk when he attempted to cross Highway 7 walking north to south. He was struck by a Nissan Murano moving at approximately 55 miles per hour, and was thrown 15 to 20 yards.
Isaacson says the motorist who hit the man immediately stopped, but did not have a cell phone to call 911. That driver flagged down another motorist who alerted authorities. The 35-year-old driver is cooperating with investigators, and it does not appear alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.
Minnetonka High School is located a few blocks from the incident.
The identity of the victim has not been released.