Drunk Driver hit six in crosswalk

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By Sarah Barchus

A St. Francis driver hit six pedestrians at an intersection near the University of Minnesota Sunday, the Star Tribune reported.

Kristine J. Peterson, 32, was ticked and cited for being drunk after she turned left into six people crossing the street, The Star Tribune reported. Minneapolis Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty said the incident occurred at the intersection of Oak Street and Washington Avenue Southeast at 3:10 p.m., the Pioneer Press reported.

McCarty said that three victims were taken by ambulance to the Hennepin County Medical Center and the others went to the center on their own, the Star Tribune reported.

HCMC spokeswoman Christine Hill said that Kevin Duffy, a 58-year-old from Burnsville is the only victim still hospitalized and is in satisfactory condition, The Star Tribune reported.

Two 19-year-old University of Minnesota students, Michael Duffy, and his girlfriend, Abby Reynolds, were injured in the incident. They had finished eating at the Big 10 restaurant with Duffy's father when the car hit them and three others, a 19-year-old man from Edina, and a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, both from Bemidji, The Star Tribune reported.

Michael Duffy's brother and his girlfriend were also crossing the street but were not hit, the Star Tribune reported.

McCarty said Peterson's actions seemed "unintentional' and the Pioneer press reported that she stayed at the scene after the incident.

"It just sounds like an accident where alcohol was involved," McCarty said.

Peterson's blood alcohol content was over Minnesota's legal driving limit, but McCarty didn't disclose the specific amount, the Star Tribune reported.

Peterson was jailed and released Sunday evening. She has a court date scheduled for Nov. 26, the Star Tribune reported.

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