Runner struck, killed by car on sidewalk

4:36 PM, Oct 3, 2007   |    comments
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A freshman on Minnesota State, Mankato's women's cross country team has been killed in a car-pedestrian accident while running on a sidewalk near campus. The State Patrol said Catherine Delwiche, 18, of Glencoe, was pronounced dead at a hospital after she was hit Tuesday afternoon by an SUV. Another member of the team who was bicycling nearby suffered minor injuries. The patrol said a 57-year-old Mankato man was driving a 1998 Honda SUV south on Warren Street when it crossed the northbound lane of traffic and went onto the sidewalk where it hit Delwiche. The vehicle also struck bicyclist Laura Palmer, 18, of Pittsville, Wis., who suffered minor injuries, then went on to hit a phone junction box a tree. Investigators did not indicate why the man lost control of the vehicle. However, no alcohol was detected on the man, who was not injured. Delwiche and Palmer were hit while part of a team practice. During practice, cross country runners often split up in small groups, or run or bike alone. University President Richard Davenport, in a prepared statement on the university Web site, expressed sympathy and extended condolences to Delwiche's family, friends and team members. The accident happened two blocks from campus.

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