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Woman hit by car, driver flees

DULUTH - A woman was hit by a car while walking down a Duluth sidewalk Monday, sending her to the hospital with life-threatening injuries while the driver fled from police.

Duluth police chased down and arrested a Bayfield, Wis., man. The man is in the St. Louis County jail and had not yet been charged. Possible charges include criminal vehicular operation and other related offenses, police said.

Police say the driver was traveling east on Superior Street about 9 a.m. when he swerved to the right at an intersection to avoid cars stopped at a red light. The suspect drove through the light, police said, and onto the south sidewalk where he hit a 33-year-old woman who was walking with her 9-year-old daughter.

The woman was being treated for life-threatening injuries at St. Luke's hospital, police said. The girl was not hurt.

Witnesses said the driver of the Honda Civic took off and parked in a nearby parking lot. He then fled on foot and was tracked down by police using descriptions offered by witnesses.