Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester Police have released the name of the Stewartville woman who suffered severe injuries when she was struck by a car on 2nd Street Southwest around 6:45 Friday morning.

Police Lieutenant Mike Sadauskis says 47-year-old Karlys Koens was crossing the busy street at the intersection with 18th Avenue Southwest when she was hit by an eastbound car driven by 38-year-old Nicole Alexander of Rochester.

Sadauskis says investigators determined Koens was in the pedestrian crosswalk and a car in the right lane stopped to allow her to cross the street when she was hit by the vehicle driven by Alexander in the left lane. She told police she did not see Koens, who was rushed to nearby St. Marys Hospital. As of Friday afternoon, Koens was listed in critical condition.

The preliminary results of the investigation did not find any evidence of impairment by the motorist and at this point, no citations have been issued. Lieutenant Sadauskis says the incident remains under investigation.

A 63-year-old New Ulm man was fatally injured when he was struck by a vehicle in the south-central Minnesota City Thursday afternoon. The State Patrol says the victim was on Broadway Avenue when he was hit around 4:30 pm. His name has not been released.


A Rochester man was injured late last night in a traffic crash on Highway 14 in Dodge County. The State Patrol says 23-year-old James Garway was headed east about a mile east of the Highway 56 interchange in Dodge Center when he says he braked for someone who had passed him, but the brakes did not work. His car then veered off the highway into the median and vaulted across the westbound lanes of the highway into the ditch. The crash was reported just before 11:20 pm. The State Patrol says alcohol was not involved. Garway was wearing a seatbelt and his injuries were described as non-life threatening.

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