Grand Rapids woman killed in pedestrian crash

A Grand Rapids woman was killed in a pedestrian crash Saturday night.

According to a report from the state patrol, 22-year-old Kennedy Niska of Crosby was southbound on Highway 169 in Grand Rapids when he struck the pedestrian, 63-year-old Wanda Meinhardt.

Niska was not under the influence of alcohol, but it is not yet known if Meinhardt was under the influence.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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