A pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday evening by a hit-and-run driver at the Culkin area rest stop off Interstate 35 in Mahtowa, Minn.
Witnesses told the Minnesota State Patrol that a blue Ford F Series pickup truck fled the scene of the accident. A trooper spotted a truck matching the description on northbound I-35 near Highway 210, but the suspect would not pull over.
During the pursuit, the pickup reached speeds of more than 90 mph, swerving to miss other cars on the highway. Troopers and police officers from Proctor and Hermantown deployed stop sticks multiple times, but efforts to stop the speeding truck were unsuccessful.
The 25-mile chase ended in Hermantown when a trooper used a PIT maneuver to spin the truck off the road and into a ditch near the intersection of Stebner Road and Arrowhead Road.
The driver of the pickup, 55-year-old Gregory Allen Scherber of Duluth, Minn. man, was arrested and booked into the Carlton County jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, fleeing police and third-degree DWI.
The victim of the rest area crash, a 62-year-old Cloquet, Minn. man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
2ND I-35 HIT & RUN THIS WEEK
Tuesday night, 24-year-old Army veteran Trevor Langlois was helping another driver who was having car trouble when he was struck by a passing pickup truck near Hinckley, Minn. Langlois remains in the intensive care unit at Essentia Hospital in Duluth.
Langlois' family, along with investigators, are asking the public to help locate the suspect's vehicle, believed to be a dark-colored Ford F-150 XTL package, model 2010 or newer, with moderate to heavy damage on the right side of the front bumper, hood and quarter-panel area. The passenger side mirror should be partially missing and the vehicle may also have white paint on the impact area. The right headlight may also be cracked.
Anyone with information is asked to call Minnesota State Patrol in Duluth at 218-302-6127.