Elderly man fatally hit by car on I-696 while retrieving grill that fell out of pickup truck

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(WXYZ) — A 71-year-old man has passed away after being hit by a vehicle on I-696 Friday morning.

Around 8:55 a.m., troopers responded to westbound I-696 at Hoover for reports of a traffic crash.

MSP says a preliminary investigation revealed that a pickup was westbound on I-696 when the driver’s gas grill fell out of the back of his pickup truck.

The 71-year-old driver pulled his vehicle into the Hoover on-ramp blocking part of the ramp. He got out of his vehicle and ran down the travel portion of WB I-696 apparently to retrieve the grill, according to tweets from MSP.

A woman driving a passenger vehicle traveling westbound then hit the 71-year-old man. He was later pronounced dead, MSP says.

The female driver that struck the man was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

The investigation is ongoing.


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