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Car hits pedestrians near Frazee; one killed, one injured

FRAZEE, Minn.—One person died and another was critically injured when a vehicle struck two pedestrians early Sunday, Dec. 25, about five miles north of Frazee, according to a report released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander.

According to the report, a vehicle driven by Alexis Birky, 20, of Frazee, was driving south on County Road 29 about 6 a.m., Sunday, when her vehicle collided with two people who were walking in the southbound lane of the highway.

Kitti Mclaughlin, 18, Audubon, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mauricio Guerra, 24, Frazee, was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's/Essentia Hospital in Detroit Lakes and later transferred to a Fargo hospital with critical injuries.

Birky did not report injuries, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor, the sheriff's office said.

The incident remains under investigation and the Becker County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone who may have been in the area, or observed anyone walking in the area prior to the crash, to contact the sheriff's office at (218) 847-2661.