Update: Names released in fatal pedestrian crash in Alexandria

Alexandria Police Department is looking for witnesses.

FSA Fatal crash accident

Names have been released for a fatal pedestrian crash that happened in Alexandria on Thursday morning, Oct. 14.

The victim was 76-year-old Mauno Silpala of Golden Valley. The driver was Jennifer Erickson, 39, of Alexandria.

Silpala was a retired United Nations official, according to a story in the Star Tribune. He was a native of Finland, and graduated from Carleton College in 1970.

The Star Tribune reported that Silpala was a financial officer for the United Nations from 1988 until his retirement in 2005. Much of his career was spent in the Middle East working with Palestinian refugees, according to the story.

According to the Alexandria Police Department, Silpala was struck by Erickson's vehicle at the intersection of Third Avenue and Hawthorne Street.


Silpala was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Alomere Health in Alexandria where he later died as a result of his injuries, according to the police report.

Erickson stayed at the scene and has fully cooperated with law enforcement, according to Alexandria Police Chief Scott Kent.

The case remains under investigation. The police department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call 320-763-6631.

"Every detail will assist in the investigation," said Kent.

--Echo Press staff

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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