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Two injured, one critically, after pickup hits pedestrians in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Two pedestrians here were taken to a Fargo hospital with injuries Wednesday evening, Feb. 14, after a pickup struck them at an intersection, police said.

The two pedestrians, identified as 54-year-old Susan Holmer and 67-year-old Steven Lorentzen, were brought to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes and were then taken to Essentia Health in Fargo. Holmer was in critical condition Thursday, Feb. 15, and Lorentzen was in good condition, an Essentia spokesperson said.

Detroit Lakes police responded to the collision at 8:37 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. Highway 10 and Washington Avenue.

An initial investigation determined a westbound Toyota Tundra driving in the right lane of Highway 10 struck the two pedestrians on the east side of the intersection, police said in a Thursday news release.

Police said there was no indication that the Detroit Lakes resident driving the pickup, 69-year-old Earl Johnson, was impaired at the time, and he’s cooperating with authorities. The crash remains under investigation.