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86-year-old man killed crossing Chaska highway

The Star Tribune reported than an 86-year-old Chaska man died Wednesday when he was struck and killed by an SUV as he was walking in the crosswalk of a busy highway on his way to daily mass.
Jerome Meuwissen was crossing Hwy. 41 at 2nd Street shortly after 7:15 a.m. when he was hit by the vehicle moving south, said police Sgt. Mike Duzan.
"He ... had made it three-fourths of the way and was enterinshortly after 7:15 a.m., g the fourth lane" when the SUV hit him, said Duzan, noting that other vehicles on the highway had stopped for Meuwissen.
Though the road was slippery at the time of the accident, Duzan said the weather was not a factor.
There are no stop signs at that intersection of Hwy. 41, but the crosswalk is marked with large white blocks, Duzan said. The law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Whether or not the driver, who pulled over after the crash, was or might be cited was not immediately available.
Meuwissen was on his way to Guardian Angels Catholic Church, whis is less than two blocks from where he was killed and a few blocks from his home, said the Rev. Paul Jarvis.
"He was a very faithful member of our parish and a very generous member of the church," Jarvis said.
Jarvis said the parish has been advocating for the installation of a traffic signal or some other action by the state that would make that intersection safer. The speed limit there is 30 miles per hour, but "very rarely does anyone go 30," he said. The speed limit there is "Traffic is going far in excess of that" on the four-lane highway.
Jarvis said older church members living on the east side of Hwy. 41, where Meuwissen lived, are often unable to walk to church because of the speeding traffic.
"My hope is that the silver lining of this tragedy is that ... something is done for people to understand that that is a crossing," he said.