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A Willmar man claims he was attempting suicide when he jumped in front of a vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

At about 12:24 p.m. on July 2, Willmar Police were dispatched to the intersection of 5th St and Kandiyohi Avenue SW on the report of a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian crash.
Officers learned a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Abigail Zylstra, age 31 of New London had struck a male pedestrian, age 19, of Willmar. He was transported by ambulance to CentraCare Hospital in Willmar with moderate injuries.
Investigation found the male pedestrian had first thrown a water bottle at the Traverse as it was driving down the street, then suddenly and deliberately ran out into the vehicle’s path as it approached. The pedestrian indicated to officers he had been using controlled substances shortly before the incident and that he was trying to die by suicide.
The investigation is still pending & the pedestrian could face potential criminal charges. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.
The Willmar Police Department was assisted by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, CentraCare EMS and the Willmar Fire Department.