Downtown Minneapolis Crash Kills One Pedestrian and Critically Injures Another

A car crash in downtown Minneapolis killed one male pedestrian and critically injured another on Monday. The Minneapolis Police Department responded to the scene on South Marquette Avenue and South 10th Street at about 5:45 p.m. Authorities say the crash happened when a northbound car ran a red light on Marquette Avenue and collided with an eastbound car on 10th Street. Upon impact, the car that ran the light spun into two pedestrians standing on the northeast corner of the intersection, sending them through the plate-glass window of a nearby business.

Both pedestrians were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Stephan M. Rice (62) of Burnsville died about 40 minutes after arriving at HCMC. The other pedestrian remains in critical condition. Rice worked at Gallagher Benefit Services in Minneapolis and was described as “a joy to work with and loved by all whose lives he touched.”

The drivers, both in their 20s, were uninjured. According to police, Thomas L. Hunter (26) of Minneapolis, who was driving the car that ran the light, showed “signs of possible drug or alcohol impairment.” Hunter was booked in jail on Monday night on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide. He could be charged as soon as Wednesday. According to MN DPS, Hunter was driving with a revoked license at the time of the crash. He had recently been sentenced to 13 months in prison after he was convicted of fleeing police, assault, and driving while intoxicated in Beltrami County.

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