Three students, who study at University of Minnesota, were walking on the sidewalk along 5th Street SE. heading west toward 12th Avenue Friday, and they were knocked down by a car after they saw a flash of headlight.
At about 2 a.m., Katelynn Hanson, 21, Joe Bailin, her boylfriend, and their friend Sarah Bagley, 22, were heading west toward Bailin's apartment after they left the Kitty Cat Klub in Dinkytown. They saw bright lights coming toward them on the sidewalk, the Minnesota Daily reported.
Susan Hanson, Katelynn's mother told the Minnesota Daily that a car slammed into those three students and knocked them to the ground after few seconds. It continued down the block, hitting another pedestrian, Benjamin Van Handel, 23, who was walking alone on the sidewalk at the same time.
According to the Star Tribune, Handel was in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center with a severe brain injury and multiple broken bones. Bagley was in satisfactory condition with a concussion, injuries to her knee and elbow, and a chipped tooth, and Hanson was released from the hospital at 6:30 a.m. Friday. In this incident, only Bailin escaped the accident.
Hanson told the Star Tribune that she felt lucky to have escaped with just a bump on her head and a sore leg. She described the crash knocked her out of her shoes and it sent her friend, Bagley, flying at least 30 feet down the street.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty said police were searching for a white Toyota Camry or Solara, built in the last decade, with front end damage, according to the Minnesota Daily.