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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Police Department this morning identified the man who was killed Saturday when he was struck by a vehicle.

Police Captain Casey Moilanen says 48-year-old Joseph Rodriguez of Rochester was hit by a pickup truck just before 10:30 Saturday night in the 2400 block of 20th Street Southeast. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and told officers that Rodriguez suddenly appeared in front of him on the roadway and he could not stop in time to avoid hitting him.


Captain Moilanen says the driver was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for a sample of blood to be tested by the state BCA lab after evidence of possible methamphetamine was found in the pickup. Charges are pending the results of the blood tests. 41-year-old Will Hanson was booked into the Olmsted County jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

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