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Concordia student in satisfactory condition after being pinned under SUV

Updated 9:30 a.m.

MOORHEAD - A Concordia College student is hospitalized in satisfactory condition after being struck by and pinned beneath a sport utility vehicle being towed by a pickup Wednesday night near the Moorhead campus.

Moorhead firefighters used air rescue bags to lift the SUV off of the woman, identified as 20-year-old Marilena Eckes, according to a news release from police Lt. Jim Nielsen.

Eckes, who is listed in this year's Concordia College student directory as a sophomore from Maple Grove, was taken by ambulance to Meritcare Hospital. She was listed in satisfactory condition shortly before 9 a.m. today, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to the news release:

Dispatchers received a call at 9:24 p.m. that a pedestrian had been struck at 12th Avenue South and Fifth Street and was trapped under the vehicle.

The police investigation found that a pickup truck had been towing an SUV northbound on Fifth Street South, using a yellow tow strap. The SUV didn't have any working lights.

The driver of the pickup, Zachary Staples, 21, of Moorhead, stopped for the stop sign at the intersection. Eckes started to cross the street, not realizing the SUV was being towed behind the pickup truck. She was struck by the front bumper of the SUV.

The SUV's driver, identified as Stacie Fossum, 21, of Moorhead, hit the brakes, and Eckes was pinned under the SUV in the middle of the intersection.

Eckes was conscious during the entire incident and was yelling for someone to get the vehicle off of her, Lt. Tory Jacobson said.

The incident remains under investigation, and police will request a review by the Clay County attorney's office for any possible criminal charges. Alcohol wasn't a factor in the collision, the release stated.