Teen struck, killed on Hwy. 101

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.


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