ID released of man struck, killed by Metro Transit bus - KMSP-TV

ID of St. Louis Park man struck, killed by Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis

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The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has released the identity of the 64-year-old pedestrian who was struck and killed by a Metro Transit bus in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday evening.

St. Louis Park man Mark Best was hit by the bus Thursday around 6:30 p.m. at the 2nd Street and Marquette Avenue intersection.

Best was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died Friday morning of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident.

Metro Transit said the northbound Route 12 bus was turning onto westbound 1st Street when the man was struck in the crosswalk. Metro Transit police are investigating and the driver has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The bus driver is a 16-year veteran of Metro Transit with "an exemplary work history." Standard post-accident drug and alcohol tests were administered Thursday night, with results not yet available.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with loved ones of the man who tragically lost his life last night and with our bus operator and his family," said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland.

This is the 10th pedestrian death from an accident involving a Metro Transit bus in 23 years -- the first since 2010.

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