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FHS grad hurt in hit and run

A 2010 Farmington High School graduate is in a coma after a Nov. 24 hit-and-run accident in St. Paul.

A student at the University of St. Thomas, Rebekka Peterson, 22, was struck by a car after exiting a cab at the 1900 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul. A companion, 22-year-old Nicholas Bergeland of Wayzata, was also struck by the same vehicle. Bekka Peterson remains hospitalized at Regions Hospital in St. Paul following a Nov. 24 hit and run accident.

The two were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where both were listed in critical condition. According to a Caring Bridge page set up for Peterson, the Farmington woman is now in stable condition, but remains in a coma.

The car that struck Peterson and Bergeland was located later in the day Nov. 24. On Nov. 29, St. Paul police arrested a 40-year-old St. Paul woman in connection to the hit-and-run.

A Caring Bridge page has been set up to keep family and friends updated on Peterson’s condition.  A message to visitors simply reads, “We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.”

Messages to the Peterson family may be left at:

A fund has also been set up for Bekka Peterson. Checks can be made payable to the Bekka Peterson Medical Benefit Fund. The account is registered at Associated Bank, 5353 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416, but checks can be sent to or any Associated Bank branch.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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