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Shoreview Pedestrian Hit and Killed

A pedestrian in Shoreview was hit and killed by a car recently near Vadnais Lake and now authorities are investigating what happened.

Police say that the pedestrian accident occurred on rice Street in Shoreview. When they arrived, they found Ryan Earl Esslinger, 24, on the ground unconscious, but he was breathing. Paramedics arrived on the scene where they treated him and transported him to an area hospital.

The State patrol says that Esslinger, a St. Paul resident, was riding his skateboard northbound on Interstate 694 in the Rice Street area. He was riding along a wooded area that sits along Vadnais Lake on its western edge. That is where e was struck by a car that was also heading northbound.

After being taken to the hospital, Esslinger died at around 9 p.m.

The driver, a 21-year-old female, called 911 and cooperated with officers when they arrived. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The name of the driver has not been released since the accident is still being investigated. It is clear that the driver striking Esslinger was not intentional, but no details have been released pending the outcome of the investigation as to whether Esslinger may have fallen, rode the skateboard in front of the car, or if the car temporarily left the road and struck Esslinger.

The families of victims are often unsure what to do following an unexpected accident. At TSR Injury Law, our Minneapolis personal injury lawyers have many years of experience handling these types of cases and can help to explain the legal options that may be available. For more information, we encourage you to call us today at (612) TSR-TIME or to complete the "Free Case Evaluation" form on this page.

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