Bicyclist hit, killed by truck in Dinkytown identified

8:27 PM, Apr 21, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office has identified the female bicyclist who collided with a dump-style truck at a busy Dinkytown intersection Thursday morning.

Police say 25-year-old Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull died in thr crash that happened around 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of 15th Avenue and 4th Street South, one of the busiest intersections on the U of M campus.

Witnesses say Hull was headed south on 15th, as was the truck driver. Investigators on the scene say the truck driver got to the intersection with 4th Street first and was taking a right hand turn when Hull entered the intersection and collided with the truck.

The driver stayed on the scene and was questioned by officers. He was cooperative, and will undergo a blood test, which is standard procedure.

No citation was issued in the fatal accident, but the incident will be reviewed by the Minneapolis City Attorney's office.

It is the second incident in the past week where pedestrians walking in Dinkytown were struck by a vehicle. Three U of M students were hit early last Friday while walking home. Two females were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, but 23-year-old Benjamin Van Handel of Appleton, Wisconsin suffered severe injuries. Late Wednesday Van Handel's mother posted on his Caring Bridge site that his condition had worsened, and it likely would be the last night of his life.   

Police are still searching for the driver.

Minneapolis police say as the warm weather brings pedestrians and bicyclists outside, drivers need to be more vigilant of their surroundings.

The department says it will step up enforcement of drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians, as well as jaywalkers and bicyclists.

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