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Pedestrian killed in downtown Luverne

LUVERNE -- A 71-year-old Luverne man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Luverne.

According to a press release issued by the Rock County Sheriff’s Department, Marv Cleppe was in a motorized wheelchair in the eastbound lane of Main Street, stopped at a red light in the crosswalk on Cedar Street.

When the traffic light turned to green, Cleppe entered the crosswalk, where he was struck by a U-Haul-style truck making a right-hand turn from Main Street to Cedar Street. The driver of the truck was Timothy James, 52, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Cleppe was transported to the Sanford Luverne Hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The sheriff’s report states that James was not distracted at the time of the crash, and it doesn’t appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor. Toxicology reports were administered on James and will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The case remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Rock County Ambulance and Luverne Fire Department.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at farmbleat.areavoices.com.

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