Traffic officer struck, injured in Uptown hit-and-run Wednesday night

A Minneapolis traffic control officer sustained serious injuries Wednesday night after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

The officer was working in Uptown on Hennepin Avenue just north of Lagoon Avenue at 10:18 p.m. when they were struck.

The 48-year-old agent was enforcing metered parking when they were hit. They were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The driver left the scene and has yet to be identified.

Jennifer Schlosser hates to know that her former colleague is in the hospital, especially because she knows what it’s like to be hit on patrol. Two years ago, surveillance footage captured the moment an inattentive driver sent her into a lifetime of pain.

“My legs are constantly throbbing,” said Schlosser. “I go home and I kind of want to crawl up in a ball it’s hurting so bad.”

Schlosser says it's not just traffic enforcement. There are workers everywhere on and along Minnesota roads. She's asking drivers for a little patience and full attention, so workers can go home to their families at the end of the day.

“Pay attention,” she said. “Pay attention while you’re driving. You’re behind a deadly weapon.”

Minneapolis Police are asking for information on the vehicle and driver involved in the Uptown incident. To report any information call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or text CrimeStoppers at 847411 and enter MPD and space before providing information.