Friends and family gathered at an intersection near Lake Calhoun on Monday night to remember a woman who died after she was struck by a truck and dragged following her death from her injuries.
Between 75 and 100 people turned out to remember a life cut short in a crosswalk, but the group is also looking forward as they call for making a dangerous intersection safer for everyone.
The vigil for 25-year-old Caitlan Barton lingered into night as candles illuminated the corner near Calhoun Village, where Barton had taken a workout class on Wednesday night before leaving to walk home.
Barton was in the crosswalk and had the right of way when she was hit by a delivery truck and dragged 25 feet. The driver stopped and has been cooperating with police. Investigators are currently waiting on toxicology reports before deciding whether or not to file charges.
Minneapolis police say the intersection is a hectic one for drivers and pedestrians alike. Ironically, a group of city and neighborhood leaders were discussing ways to make the area safer just a few blocks away when the crash occurred.
"The accident happened at the corner right as we had met at this corner over here," John Abraham-Watne, of the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council, told Fox 9 News. "We saw police over there and went up to see what was going on -- couldn't believe it."
Now, activists say their efforts will be bolstered by the loss of a young woman who had a promising future.
"You can't even put it into words," friend Kent Detlefsen said. "The only word I have is tragic. It's terrible."
Barton graduated from Holy Angels before earning her degree from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. She worked for Target, and friends say she loved to travel and was passionate about raising money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital after her 6-year-old cousin died of cancer.
As Barton's friends left their candles at the corner, they said making the intersection safer for everyone is the best way to remember her. The groups that organized the memorial plan to get together again in the next couple of weeks to discuss how they will achieve that goal.