State Patrol: Grand Meadow man hit on Highway 52 was retrieving tire

He was struck by an on-coming car about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle traveling south on U.S. 52 near Apache Mall on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20.

Grand Meadow resident Joseph Hoeft, 27, was trying to retrieve a tire that had come off his vehicle when he was hit by a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria, Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Troy Christianson said.

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Hoeft was taken by Mayo Clinic Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys.

The driver of the Crown Victoria, 22-year-old Iziah Grendahl, of Rochester, was not injured.


The investigation into the crash continued Thursday; a portion of Highway 52 was closed for crash reconstruction.

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