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Pedestrian killed in Cottage Grove identified

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Authorities have identified the man who was struck and killed while crossing a street Tuesday in Cottage Grove.

Cottage Grove police said Wednesday that Benjamin F. Tims Sr., 85, was hit by an SUV as he walked back from his mailbox. The crash happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the southeast St. Paul suburb.

Paramedics found Tims in the road unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the SUV was a 52-year-old Cottage Grove woman, police Capt. Pete Koerner said Wednesday. She cooperated with police and has not been cited or arrested. The woman showed no signs of impairment, and she was “obviously pretty upset” after the crash, Koerner said.

A man in another vehicle who witnessed the crash estimated that the woman was driving 35 to 45 mph, but the speed has not been confirmed by the crash reconstruction.

“We have no indication from this witness or even (the driver’s) statement that there were excessive speeds,” Koerner said.

A final report will be forwarded to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for review for possible criminal charges.