Citizen says she alerted dispatch to pedestrian who was struck by car

Sheriff: Deputy on duty did not give report ‘high priority’

By Dan Marsh, Record Editor
Posted 10/4/23

A St. Paul woman said that on the night of Sept. 12, she reported to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office a pedestrian walking on Highway 16 about two hours before he was struck and killed by a motorist in heavy fog. Sheriff Ronnie Boyd said his office had only one deputy working that night and did not respond to the report, which Boyd said did not initially indicate the pedestrian needed assistance. Boyd said the deputy did not deem the report a high priority and chose not to respond.

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