St. Thomas students are latest St. Paul hit-and-run victims

10:21 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - On Tuesday morning, students at the University of St. Thomas will gather for service to pray for two undergraduates there who were critically injured in a hit-and-run crash early Sunday morning.

Nicholas Bergeland, 22, and Rebekka Peterson, 22, are both listed in critical condition at Regions Hospital.

The victims were with three friends when they got out of a cab in the 1900 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Investigators say they likely didn't even see the westbound car that hit them and sped off.

That car, a grey 2013 Mazda 3, was located not far from the scene about 15 hours later when someone called police saying a suspicious vehicle was parked near an apartment building at Carroll and Wheeler.

Police say they know it's the right vehicle because it matches up with parts of it that were left behind at the scene.

The tragedy is now getting too familiar in St. Paul.

On Oct. 1, Wade Souster, 31, was hit and left for dead at Phalen Boulevard and North Atlantic. He suffered massive injuries. That hit-and-run driver has not been found.

And Tracy Klotz, 53, was killed on Nov. 3 exiting her car in the 700 block of Randolph. Police have no suspects in that case either.

If you have information about any of these incidents you are asked to call St. Paul Police at 651-266-5722.

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