UPDATE: Jan. 2, 11:34 a.m.
HICKSON, N.D. (KXNET) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of the 19-year-old woman who was struck on I-29 in the early morning of New Year’s Day.
The woman has been identified as Destinee Tuttle from Santee, Nebraska. The Wahpeton driver who struck her still has no charges filed against him at this time.
ORIGINAL STORY: Jan. 1, 8:17 p.m.
HICKSON, N.D. (KXNET) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) is currently investigating a fatal crash occurring near Hickson/Oxbow on January 1, in which a pedestrian was struck by a moving vehicle and killed.
According to a report from the NDHP, at approximately 5:47 a.m., a Chevrolet Malibu, (driven by a 20-year-old male from Wahpeton), was traveling south on I-29 in the left lane of the two southbound lanes when they observed a pedestrian — a 19-year-old woman– standing in the left lane. The driver brakes and steered left, attempting to avoid the pedestrian, but ended up striking them. The vehicle then entered the median and became stuck in the snow. After being struck by the vehicle, the pedestrian was thrown and came to rest across the right lane and the outside shoulder of the highway.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver and his passenger, (a 20-year-old female from Wahpeton), were uninjured. As a result of the crash, the 1-29 southbound lanes from Mile Markers 54-50 were closed for approximately three hours.
No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.
The accident remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.