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Pedestrian, driver name released in fatal accident

A 66-year-old Cloquet woman died Sunday morning after she was hit by a vehicle near the entrance to the new middle school.

According to a press release from the Cloquet Police Department, the victim, 66-year-old Lavonna Prevost of Cloquet, died from her injuries after being struck while crossing Washington Avenue by a westbound car driven by 79-year-old Marietta Lain-Erickson of Cloquet. Neither Lain-Erickson or her passenger, Carl Ruhanen were injured in the crash.

On Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9:03 a.m., the Cloquet Police Department, and the Cloquet Area Fire District responded to a car-pedestrian crash at the intersection of 20th and Washington Avenue.

Lain-Erickson was traveling westbound on Washington Avenue, and Prevost was believed to have been crossing Washington Avenue at the 20th Street crosswalk at the time of the crash.

An off-duty Cloquet Area Firefighter performed CPR on the victim. However, Prevost died from her injuries.

An evidential blood sample was obtained from Lain-Erickson with results pending, and the Cloquet Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating to determine the cause of the crash through accident reconstruction.

That stretch of Washington Avenue has been the subject of much debate regarding pedestrian safety since the new middle school opened in early September.