MINNETONKA, Minn. (KMSP) - A pedestrian attempting to cross Highway 7 in Minnetonka, Minn. was struck and killed by a car early Wednesday morning.
Around 6:20 a.m., a 2006 Nissan Murano was driving westbound on Highway 7 near County Road 10 when it struck a pedestrian in the left lane. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the pedestrian was crossing from the north to the south, but was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.
The accident temporarily closed the westbound lane of Highway 7, causing backups.
Neither the driver nor the passenger of the Nissan was injured in the crash.
The pedestrian killed has been identified as 17-year-old Scott Berzins.
Berzins attended Minnetonka High School, the principal has released this statement,
Dear Minnetonka High School Community,
I write to you with deep sadness as Minnetonka High School lost a student today. Scott Berzins, 17 years old, passed away as a result of a fatal pedestrian accident at 101 and Hwy 7 early this morning.
It is always difficult to understand and explain to students how such a young life can end so quickly due to a tragic accident. We expect our students will respond to this information in a wide range of ways. Sadness, memories of past loss and personal worry are normal. Please pay particular attention to your teen this evening and in the coming days. Be present. Be ready to talk if they want to talk. Some students may wait a while before wanting to talk or may need to be asked about the situation before talking. Some students may not need to discuss the situation at all.
My top priority continues to be caring for each Minnetonka student’s well-being. We want you to know our staff is here to support our students and families who will be grieving this terrible loss. This morning we held a moment of silence at school and I talked to students about what they may have witnessed coming to school. That was before we knew that it was one of our own we lost. I hope you’ll respect that authorities needed to notify the family before notifying the school and community. It has been a difficult day. We received official notification tonight when the State Patrol released the information.
If you have questions or need additional support for your child, please contact the MHS Counseling Office at 952-401-5811. As well, students may come directly to the Counseling Office if they need support. There will be staff available to meet with students.
In addition, the Minnetonka High School counseling pages have helpful resources to help teens cope with grief. Please click here for the link.
Minnetonka High School is a strong community built on caring and positive relationships. We all draw support and strength from this culture not only during the moments of joy but during these times of tragedy. Every single adult in this building is committed to supporting your child. If there is something specific we can do, please let me know.
I’d ask you keep Scott’s family and friends in your thoughts at this time.
With gratitude for your support,
Jeff Erickson, Principal
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the incident.