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Pedestrian hit, dragged on West Lake Street identified

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    Jogger hit, dragged near Lake Calhoun

    Thursday, February 13 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-02-13 22:07:05 GMT
    A woman was hit by a commercial box truck and dragged a short distance while jogging Wednesday night near Lake Calhoun.
    A woman was hit by a commercial box truck and dragged a short distance while jogging Wednesday night near Lake Calhoun.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

A woman remains in critical condition after she was hit and dragged by a commercial truck on Wednesday night near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, and police say the intersection is a tough one.

In the three and a half years that Alex Bolton has worked at Burger Jones, he has seen his fair share of accidents in the area -- but the one that unfolded on Wednesday in the intersection in front of where he works is one that he can't get out of his mind.

"That's super scary because I take the bus here every day," he said. "I'm crossing the street once or twice here every day. I was like, 'Man, that could have been me.'"

Bolton told Fox 9 News he sees street signs that look like they've been hit near that intersection at least once a week -- but when it's a person who has been hit, the damage is much harder to undo.

"Just awful," Bolton said. "It's almost not even surprising, just terrible."

Police say Caitlan Barton was walking across Lake Street near Calhoun Village just after 6 p.m. when she was hit by a delivery truck. Investigators say the truck was heading south on Market Plaza and hit Barton while turning right on Lake Street, dragging her under the vehicle for nearly 20 feet.

Paramedics from the fire station across the street were at Barton's side within minutes and were able to get her to HCMC, where she is listed in critical condition.

Minneapolis police say the intersection is a hectic one for drivers and pedestrians alike.

"It's a real long red light there," John Elder, of the Minneapolis Police Department, told Fox 9 News. "If that driver was stopped at the light and she came up on the side, he may not have ever seen her approach."

Even though Barton was walking with the light and was in the crosswalk, Elder said neither is a guarantee of safety.

"As a pedestrian, you have the right of way, but that doesn't mean you should always take it," he said. "Do what you need to do to remain safe. Sometimes, that means giving up the right of way."

The driver who struck Barton did stop and has been cooperating with the investigation.
At this time, it is unknown whether or not he or she may face charges.

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