Update: Name of 18-year-old in fatal pedestrian accident in Alexandria released

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Markings on the road across from the Lincoln Apartments in Alexandria indicate where a fatal pedestrian crash happened on South McKay Avenue Friday night, June 5. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

An 18-year-old Alexandria woman who died from injuries she suffered when she was struck by a car while crossing South McKay Avenue on foot Friday night, June 5 has been identified as Maya Laina Ayala.

The Alexandria Police Department responded to the pedestrian accident on South McKay Avenue between Third and Sixth Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Andrew Lindner, 19, of Alexandria was the driver of a 1994 Mercury Marquis, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Lindner immediately stopped and called 911 for assistance, according to police. He stayed at the scene until authorities arrived and was fully cooperative in the investigation, according to the police department.

Ayala was transported to Alomere Health by North Ambulance and was later airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital. She died while at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Ayala was originally from Long Prairie and attended the Runestone Regional Learning Center in Alexandria, according to her Facebook page.


This incident remains under investigation. If anyone saw the accident happen or anything that happened prior to it, they should call the police department at 320-763-6631.

The Alexandria Police Department was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and North Ambulance.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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