Police track down second driver in Roseville crash that killed 2 peds

Roseville police are investigating a second driver allegedly involved in the Jan. 3 deaths of two pedestrians who were crossing Larpenteur Avenue.

According to a Jan. 6 police update on the case, based on tips the second driver was identified as a 61-year-old Roseville man, who police found leaving a St. Paul bar on Jan. 5. He was stopped in his Chrysler LeBaron as he left, and police arrested him on suspicion of DUI.

The other driver involved in the crash, 72-year-old John Michael Rickey, of St. Paul, stayed at the scene and has cooperated with police. The second driver allegedly drove off.

Police identified the pedestrians who were killed as two Roseville residents, 47-year-old Robert Blake Buxton and 45-year-old Meridith Nypree Aikens.

They were hit on Roseville’s side of the city’s border with St. Paul — Larpenteur divides the two — near Woodbridge Court, a block from the avenue’s intersection with Rice Street.

With the ID of the second 61-year-old driver, police said in the update they believe one of the pedestrians was hit by Rickey, and then hit again by the second driver.

Having stopped the 61-year-old, police said they found recent damage to his vehicle along with additional evidence linking him to the fatal crash. 

“It is believed the driver was impaired at the time of the crash and aware he struck the victim(s),” police said in the Jan. 6 update.

According to Roseville Deputy Chief Erika Scheider, at the scene Rickey also admitted to having had two drinks with dinner prior to the accident, though after he did not appear impaired. Police got a warrant to test his blood to see if alcohol factored in his role in the crash and results are pending.

Police said they’re appreciative of the information already received about the fatal crash and are still seeking information from those who were in the area. 

You can contact the Roseville Police Department at 651-767-0640 and online tips can be submitted at www.cityofroseville.com/3194/Crime-Tips.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash and will eventually turn the case over to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for possible criminal charges against Rickey and/or the second driver.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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