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Arrest made in St. Paul hit and run that injured a Farmington woman

Bekka Peterson, a 2010 Farmington High School graduate, is in critical condition following a hit and run incident in St. Paul.

St. Paul police have arrested a 40-year-old St. Paul resident in connection to a hit-and-run accident that left a 2010 Farmington High School graduate in critical condition early Sunday morning.

Rebekka Peterson, 22, is in critical condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. A college student at the University of St. Thomas, Peterson and a friend, 22-year-old Nicholas Bergeland of Wayzata were struck by a car after exiting a cab at the 1900 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul on Nov. 24.

St. Paul police located the car, a 2013 gray Mazda3, near the 1700 block of Carroll Avenue in St. Paul later that same day, according to St. Paul police information officer Paul Paulos. 

“The car that was found did have front end damage consistent with the evidence investigators found at the scene,” Paulos said.

The driver of the was arrested Friday. 

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:

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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