HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Dakota County say a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian and left the scene said she thought she had hit a deer, even though the victim's head struck the windshield.

Felony charges were filed against 30-year-old Breyona Cotton Tuesday. She's accused of leaving the scene of the deadly crash in Inver Grove Heights in early January and failing to notify authorities. Fifty-five-year-old Haimanot Gebremedhin was killed in the crash.

The Star Tribune reports a complaint says Cotton told investigators she heard a collision "out of nowhere" and thought she had struck a deer. She said she pulled over, looked around and went home.

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The State Patrol says investigators determined the victim was forced onto the hood of Cotton's car with her head striking the lower portion of the windshield.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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