Caitlan Barton dies after getting hit by truck while crossing street near Lake Calhoun

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Caitlan Barton picture via Facebook
Last night, 25-year-old Caitlan Barton died from injuries she suffered when she was struck by a commercial truck at a busy intersection near Lake Calhoun around 6:15 Wednesday evening.

Barton was trying to walk south across Lake Street where it intersects with Market Place when she was hit. The walk sign was on but traffic turning right onto westbound Lake from Market also had a green light and the driver apparently failed to yield.

Barton was rushed to HCMC with "life-threatening injuries" and died about a day later.

Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us it's possible the as-of-yet-unidentified DHL box delivery truck driver, who has fully cooperated with authorities and apparently wasn't high or drunk, simply never saw Barton.

After hitting her, the driver dragged her a short ways before stopping.

"He realized [he hit her] but it's a large truck and stopping takes a little time," Elder said.

Asked whether charges against the driver could be forthcoming, Elder said "certainly."

"Someone died, so there's the chance he would face charges," he said.

The intersection where the accident occurred is adjacent to the busy Calhoun Village mall. Elder said Barton's tragic death should be a reminder that a walk sign doesn't necessarily mean it's safe to cross an intersection, especially in areas like that one.

"There's a great deal of traffic there, and there are a number of other intersections in really close proximity, so people need to take their time," Elder said. "I don't think it's something that needs to be redesigned, but people just need to slow down and pay attention."

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iamyours8301
iamyours8301

In most countries; pedestrians do not have the right away. Regardless; this is horrible for everyone. He didn't intend to run her over, nor did she intend to get hit. My heart goes out to them both.

so.sad
so.sad

John Elder - When you say "Barton's tragic death should be a reminder that a walk sign doesn't necessarily mean it's safe to cross an intersection"  INSTEAD of saying "Barton's tragic death should be a reminder that a green light doesn't necessarily mean it's safe to drive into crosswalks" - then it sounds very much like you're blaming the victim and making excuses for the driver.  Drivers yield to pedestrians - simple.  And, those in control of more deadly force (i.e., motor vehicles) should be held to greater accountability.  As a spokesperson for the Police Department, your words have power.  Please, use them responsibly.

zappainmplsmn1
zappainmplsmn1

Please be careful as you drive and pay attention to what is going on outside of your vehicles. And if you are walking, pay attention to drivers. It is not very safe on the streets. RIP to Caitlan Barton.

And we are praying for another tonight because:
At about 6:30 this evening (2/18/14, we were traveling east on Washington Avenue near 11th Avenue South. We were held up as a semi truck was blocking the road after turning left into the intersection from 11th to travel to the east. The semi truck struck a pedestrian as they turned. The person was very near to the curb on the south side of Washington. The cab of the truck was about 7 feet from the curb. The person struck lay on the street between the curb and the semi. Several people were attempting to help them. A towel was wrapped around the persons head and there was alot of blood. There were no emergency vehicles on the scene and after several minutes the semi moved up the street to park and not impede traffic any longer. It was really scary and sad. We are praying for another who has been struck by a truck in Minneapolis tonight. Have not seen anything on news or internet on accident.

zappainmplsmn1
zappainmplsmn1

At about 6:30 this evening (2/18/14, we were traveling east on Washington Avenue near 11th Avenue South.  We were held up as a semi truck was blocking the road after turning left into the intersection from 11th to travel to the east.  The semi truck struck a pedestrian as they turned. The person was very near to the curb on the south side of Washington.  The cab of the truck was about 7 feet from the curb.  The person struck lay on the street between the curb and the semi.  Several people were attempting to help them.  A towel was wrapped around the persons head and there was alot of blood.  There were no emergency vehicles on the scene and after several minutes the semi moved up the street to park and not impede traffic any longer.  It was really scary and sad.  We are praying for another who has been struck by a truck in Minneapolis tonight. Have not seen anything on news or internet on accident.

jamie.lsantos
jamie.lsantos

This is such a sad story for both parties.  I work in the plaza right there. I take a bus to and from work and have to cross at that intersection.  If the walk sign was on for a longer time i think that would help this intersection.  You also have to hit the button before the sign changes to the walk sign so how about plowing the sidewalk and area around the light pole better so we can reach it to push it.  It was her responsibility as much as it was the young man who hit her it was a tragic acident that could have been prevented but i can not blame any one for what happened.

Robert Carlson
Robert Carlson

This is a very unfortunate incident for both parties. It's funny to me reading the comments of the people bashing the driver. So you mean to tell me you got a 100 on your driving test? You never ran a red light, stop sign, accidentally cut someone off, never been in a fender bender? It's not like this guy was hammered. He was doing his job, which entails driving 8 to 10 hours a day. Being in transportation for the last 15 years, I can tell you that the "other drivers" are more of a risk to pedestrians than those who only drive for pleasure or to work and back, while having their coffee, eating their lunch, finding their station on the radio, answering the phone, texting, going 5 miles over the speed limit etc. I feel bad for the driver as well. He has to live with the fact that he took a life because he made a seriois and fatal mistake that took someone's life, when all he was trying to do was his job. This was an accident folks. It's funny when people are murdered in Minneapolis (I live on the North Side) I don't see this kind of response, but yet when it's a delivery guy with no intent you come out of the woodwork. Better hope I don't see you fucking up on the roads, Perfect Driver.

pamelagitana
pamelagitana

What! Excuse me!  Are  you blaming the poor girl.?  I walk quite a lot, you who wrote this article perhaps not?  To  a high percentage of drivers pedestrian do not exist, human bodies walking amidst the city they do not pay any attention to. Do not even see or notice them.   I have nearly been hit many times and it was NOT my fault.  Drivers who whip around corners into crosswalks and never look I have seen countless times. .  Zebra crossings? Ha a joke,  nobody stopping for you baby if they can avoid it! This is the killer: I have seen so many times drivers staring at the stoplight to watch for it to turn green and then stepping on the gas WITHOUT looking to see if a human body is still in the middle of the crosswalk.  So you see I HAVE been paying attention to them, those driving and the situation is pathetic! I have lived in much bigger cities and not seen this type of problem.  Here it is very bad.  How do you know if she was in a big hurry?  I heard she was coming from Yoga which means she would have  likely been relaxed not hurried.  

Take a walk out there and then have an opinion!

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

very sad my heart goes out to her family im a truck driver we are professionals at what we do and some times all the preventive driving still doesn`t help sounds to me like he entered intersection to fast and if she was behind him he would not see her trucks have blind spots and no drive zones but accidents still happen city driving is dangerous not only do you have pedestrians but you have bike traffic lanes too which were designed very badly maybe they should incorporate no turns while the walk signs are posted but i have seen people run those too

MrGasso
MrGasso

Overworked Underpaid Curriers trying to make a buck. Probably had dispatch on his ass about making another run. Same goes for the limo business. These local drivers should have limits on their hours/runs like over the road truckers. Should also be paid at least forty and hour. Prayers to all involved.

Ralee Riesenberg
Ralee Riesenberg

Really surprised the lady who died is being blamed in all these comments. Way to keep it classy guys.

Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee

Very sad I've almost gotten side swiped on lake... Who is giving these bad drivers licenses!?!!

Sarah Holliday
Sarah Holliday

"Elder said Barton's tragic death should be a reminder that a walk sign doesn't necessarily mean it's safe to cross an intersection, especially in areas like that one." Isn't that the point of walk signs at intersections, to make a safe place for pedestrians to cross the street?

john_eschenbaum2003
john_eschenbaum2003

You can be right when dealing with traffic rules..........'dead right.'

Ellae Wilson
Ellae Wilson

Tragic. Terribly, tragic for all involved. :'(

John Duval
John Duval

It is very rare for drivers to be "charged" with anything serious. Usually get a small fine, even for running up on the sidewalk and killing several people at a time. There is an inherent responsibility when operating deadly machinery that America has yet to come to terms with, and it makes our public spaces very hostile to life and liberty. The "Complete streets" concept is a step in the right direction.

John Sanford
John Sanford

Prayers and tears for all concerned. Please everyone patience and alertness are things we ALL need to display more of .

Calvin Woody
Calvin Woody

Only pretty women get random News attention in common everyday tragedy.

Margaret Meyers
Margaret Meyers

Ok. I can see being compassionate toward the driver, who must feel terrible. But really? The pedestrians should be more careful???

flyinswede
flyinswede

Perhaps what Elder should have said is "This would not have happened if the driver had respected the law, been operating his vehicle safely and responsibly in a very pedestrian heavy intersection. Driver's need to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings, it's a responsibility you take when you get behind the wheel. A girl is dead because he was negligent, broke the law, and we will proceed in charging him appropriately."

McLain Causey
McLain Causey

Anyone blaming the pedestrian, whose body is probably still warm, is a turd.

Alison Bergblom Johnson
Alison Bergblom Johnson

Hey Samm just read your thoughtful comment. I'm really disturbed by the anti-pedestrian comments in the linked post.

Erik Seavey
Erik Seavey

Sure. Drivers fault. But some extra care can save your life.

Blake Ward
Blake Ward

So by this logic...if a car with a green light going straight gets hit by another car failing to yield on a left without an arrow - the driver going straight should have slowed down and looked both ways in the intersection?? Nope this incident was driver error...he should have yielded but did not.

Chris Parks
Chris Parks

Horrible for everyone involved especially the young lady. Totally unrelated to the incident and directed to the folks making comments. Why are w

Brock OLee
Brock OLee

Good lord, I speak the truth and some nut bag named john Frederick Simmons personally attacks me in a message. Sorry for your loss but this is one of those population control type deals, look both ways and you don't die crossing the street. Sorry for your loss bro, don't take it out on me.

Samantha Rei Crossland
Samantha Rei Crossland

People in this area are terrible when it comes to waiting for pedestrians. Especially on Lake/Henn. You're not supposed to turn if someone is in the crosswalk and you're supposed to yield before turning. Yield doesn't mean go without looking. And why put this squarely on the pedestrian who was following traffic laws? Pedestrians are small. Tell drivers to slow down and look better.

Pablo Charis
Pablo Charis

Totally sad and completely indicative of a society that's more concerned about getting their amazon package rocketed to their door than public safety.

Linda Hallen
Linda Hallen

So sad; I used to live right near that intersection. Prayers for her family.

Sarah Goldman
Sarah Goldman

I walk this intersection all the time, so sad...thoughts and prayers to her family.

john.elder
john.elder

Thank you for the opportunity to address the misguided post where I am accussed of victim-blaming.  At no time did I blame Ms. Barton.  Period.  I have been involved with the case from the original crash. The fact that someone would read this article and get the takeaway that I am faulting the victim is simply incorrect. 

- John

Marie Szcepanski
Marie Szcepanski

Frightening intersection/area as a pedestrian or cyclist...sorry whole foods safer to walk or ride to the co-op.

Holly Wright
Holly Wright

I was in that area when it happened. I knew something was very wrong by all the police and blocked off road. How sad. Rest in peace Sweet girl.

tofufetusbomb
tofufetusbomb

People can email victim-blaming MPD spokesperson John Elder at John.elder@minneapolismn.gov or call him at (612) 673-3829 or (612) 578-4322. 

Matt Mikesell
Matt Mikesell

The driver was turning right, but only looked left for traffic before turning, which happens a lot here in the cities, so stop blaming the poor pedestrian. My sympathies to her family.

Elicia Price
Elicia Price

Wow! I'm so sorry to hear that! This story broke my heart and I feel so much for her family and loved ones. :-(

April Jackson
April Jackson

It's sooo sad girl...I went to high school with her and her sister :-(. Praying for her family.

Robert Buckley
Robert Buckley

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Zac Essig
Zac Essig

ah sh*t. empathy for her friends and family

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