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Former teacher critically injured

A retired Detroit Lakes teacher was struck by an elderly motorist while bicycling Monday evening north of Dorset.

Both were airlifted to area hospitals and are listed in critical condition, according to the Park Rapids Enterprise.

Linda Larson, 63, of Park Rapids, was struck on County Road 7 at 5:30 p.m.. She suffered numerous broken bones and was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

The male driver, identified as James Burt, 79, of Park Rapids, left the scene, according to eyewitnesses.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, who drafted a warrant for a blood draw on the vehicle driver, said he was told a medical issue was the cause of the crash.

Burt was located on County Road 11, the extension of County 7 as it heads south of Highway 34.

Officials said Burt refused to pull over for officers and struck another vehicle and a stop sign on County 17 before coming to a stop. Officers were forced to break out a window on the vehicle to gain access to Burt.

He had head injuries and an unspecified medical condition, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes.

Burt was airlifted to a Fargo hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

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