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Car hit man kneeling in road near Lake of the Woods, report says

BAUDETTE, Minn.—A Baudette man who was kneeling on the road was fatally hit by a car late Sunday night near Lake of the Woods.

Lake of the Woods emergency responders were dispatched about 11:20 p.m. to 3992 County Road 8 about 10 miles northwest of Baudette, where a 2003 Buick Century driven by Jon Bryan Haney, 36, of Rochester, Minn., was eastbound on the road just west of Minnesota Highway 172, according to a crash report from the Minnesota State Patrol. Haney told officers he saw a pedestrian kneeling on the road, and though the driver swerved, he still collided with the pedestrian, according to the release.

Haney was not injured in the crash, but the pedestrian, a 39-year-old from Baudette, died of his injuries. Haney was wearing his seat belt, and there was no alcohol in his system.

It's unclear why the man was kneeling in the roadway or if there were any drugs or alcohol in his system.

Authorities did not release the name of the pedestrian. The crash is under investigation, and the man's body will undergo an autopsy, said Sgt. Jesse Grabow, a spokesman for the State Patrol.

More information is expected to be released Tuesday.

Baudette is about 100 miles north of Bemidji.

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