Pedestrian seriously injured in Deer River crash

A pedestrian from Walker was seriously injured in Deer River early Sunday morning.

According to the state patrol, 25-year-old Nicholas Reese was walking in the westbound lane of traffic on Highway 2 near the White Oak Casino around 3 in the morning when he was struck by a minivan, driven by 62-year-old Joseph Villeneuve of Deer River.

Reese was transported via Life Link to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

Villeneuve was uninjured.

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