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Esko woman faces charges in hit-and-run crash

An Esko woman was arrested Monday morning in connection with a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a bicyclist Sunday morning.

The 69-year-old woman is being held in the Carlton County Jail on a charge of criminal vehicular operation with substantial bodily injury. The News Tribune typically does not name suspects until they are formally charged in court.

According to the Carlton County Sheriff's Office, Michael Howard Norton, 43, of Duluth was injured when his bicycle was hit by a motor vehicle at the corner of county Highway 61 and Rolling Road near Esko about 11 a.m. The motorist didn't stop after hitting Norton, continuing eastbound on

Highway 61.

Norton was taken to St. Luke's hospital in Duluth, where he was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon.

Inattentive driving appears to be a factor in this crash, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Authorities continue to investigate the crash, and anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (218) 384-4185.