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North-central Minnesota deputy strikes bicyclist with squad car

The bicyclists failed to stop and entered the lane of traffic as the deputy entered the intersection, according to the state patrol.

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WALKER, Minn. — The Minnesota State Patrol released the names of those involved in a crash Thursday, July 21, when a Cass County deputy struck a bicyclist with a squad car.

Barbara Eller Gartner, a 63-year-old from Iowa City, Iowa, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Deputy Ryan James Huston, 35, of Akeley.

The crash report stated Huston was traveling north on 6th Lake Road in Shingobee Township near Walker while two people on bicycles were traveling east on the Heartland State Trail. The bicyclists failed to stop and entered the lane of traffic as the deputy entered the intersection.

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The state patrol reported all parties tried to stop in time but the squad car, a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe, struck one bicyclist in the middle of the lane.

Gartner was transported by North Memorial Health Ambulance and air care to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd for her injuries. She was not wearing a helmet, according to the state patrol.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

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