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Police: Victim in fatal pedestrian crash was Cottage Grove resident Benjamin Tims Sr.

Authorities have identified the Cottage Grove man who was struck and killed while crossing 70th Street on Tuesday.

Cottage Grove police said Wednesday that Benjamin F. Tims Sr., 85, was hit by an SUV as he walked back from his mailbox. The crash happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of 70th Street and Goodview Avenue.

Tims had retrieved his mail and was headed back toward his home when he was hit by the westbound SUV, according to police. The Tims home at 6340 70th St. is on the north side of the road; the mailbox is on the south side of the road.

Paramedics found Tims in the road unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the SUV is a 52-year-old Cottage Grove woman, police Capt. Pete Koerner said Wednesday. She cooperated with police and has not been cited or arrested. The woman showed no signs of impairment, and she was “obviously pretty upset” after the crash, Koerner said.

A man in another vehicle who witnessed the crash estimated that the woman was driving about 35 to 45 miles per hour, but the speed has not been confirmed by the crash reconstruction.

“We have no indication from this witness or even (the driver’s) statement that there were excessive speeds,” Koerner said.

A final report from the crash reconstruction could be done within a few days and will be forwarded to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for review for possible criminal charges. Koerner said that is typical in fatal crash investigations.

Tims is the father-in-law of John Magee, senior pastor at Light the Way Church in Cottage Grove.

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Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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