Pedestrian, 28, Fatally Struck While Attempting To Cross Highway 169 In Hibbing

29October 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 28-year-old man was fatally struck by a vehicle Thursday evening while attempting to cross Highway 169 in Hibbing.

The Minnesota State Patrol says that 28-year-old Chris Ozzello was struck around 6:30 p.m. near where the highway meets Howard Street. A northbound Ford Ecosport hit Ozzello as he tried to cross the highway. First-responders pronounced Ozzello dead at the scene.

The driver of the Ecosport, an 18-year-old Hibbing man, was not hurt in the collision. Investigators said he was “unable to avoid” hitting Ozello.

Alcohol was determined not to be a factor in the collision.


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