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Police: Distracted driver seriously injures 14-year-old Minnesota student on way to school

WOODBURY, Minn.—Woodbury police said a distracted driver hit a teenager riding his bike to school Friday morning causing "significant injuries."

The 14-year-old boy was crossing in a marked crosswalk when he was hit by a vehicle traveling south on Pioneer Road near Lake Middle School, Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada said.

The driver, a 24-year-old Stillwater woman, was distracted by her phone, according to police.

The teen, who was not believed to be wearing a helmet, was conscious at the scene but suffered "significant" non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Criminal charges are pending until the extent of the teen's injuries are confirmed, Okada said.

The crash was reported at 7:36 a.m.

Lake Middle School Principal Molly Roeske emailed families Friday about the crash. Roeske said students may have witnessed the crash and that counselors were available if they showed signs of stress or needed support.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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