Dinkytown hit- and-run driver not charged

Also, a Dinkytown fight ended in no arrests or hospitalizations.

Luke Feuerherm

The driver who hit University of Minnesota student Stephanie Werner and left her lying in a Dinkytown intersection with a broken leg will not be charged with a hit-and-run.
Within an hour after running over the juniorâÄôs legs, the driver, a woman, called police to report the incident, Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty said.
Werner did not want to comment on the incident because she is considering filing a civil suit but said she was surprised to hear the driver would not be charged with a hit-and-run.
The accident occurred Feb. 7 when Werner and her boyfriend were crossing Interstate 35W on Fourth Street Southeast on their way to a friendâÄôs birthday party.
Following the hit-and-run, Werner was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where surgeons went to work on her broken leg.
âÄúAll these incidents are treated separately,âÄù McCarty said. âÄúThere are no hard and fast rules for any of them.âÄù
The Minneapolis police could still charge the driver with a misdemeanor like failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, McCarty said.
Dinkytown fight leaves student injured
A large crowd gathered Sunday morning after bar close to catch a fight, but it wasnâÄôt on pay-per-view. Instead, it spilled into a Dinkytown intersection.
The scuffle between two men broke out near the corner of 14th Avenue and Fourth Street Southeast and ended with one sprawled out in the street.
When Minneapolis and University police arrived on scene, the size of the fight and the crowd watching from the curb grew.
Seven police cars blocked the intersection, diverting traffic, as officers apprehended those involved in the fight and at least one spectator. No arrests were made, McCarty said.
McCarty described the fight as a âÄúnon-event,âÄù because police were able to break up the crowd, and when the ambulance arrived those in the scuffle refused medical treatment.