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Hit-and-run victim in Minneapolis had west-central Minnesota ties

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 24-year-old Minneapolis woman who was fatally injured by a hit-and-run driver while bicycling Wednesday had close ties to the Hoffman-Kensington area.

Jessica Hanson, a server at an Uptown bar, was on her way to her boyfriend's house when she was struck at 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South in Minneapolis.

She was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and pronounced dead Friday morning.

According to police, the vehicle that hit her was driving faster than the speed limit with its lights off when it ran a stop sign and hit Hanson about 10:30 p.m. There is no description of the vehicle.

Hanson, a 2007 graduate of West Central Area High School, received a degree in graphic arts and held jobs in Alexandria, including as a server at Depot Express.

Her parents, Jerome and Natalie, live in Hoffman. Jerome is an auctioneer and Natalie is a state trooper who works out of the Morris region. Other friends and family members, including an uncle, Tom Kummrow, live in the Hoffman-Kensington area as well. Many of them visited the scene of the crash in Minneapolis on Friday night, vowing to find whoever was responsible for Jessica Hanson's death.

Family members are hopeful there will be a break in the case. Kummrow said about 20 people witnessed the crash. He added that he couldn't say enough about the response from the neighborhood, from caring for Jessica until help arrived to showing concern for the family.

Jessica grew up on a farm but had always wanted to try life in the big city, Kummrow said. He said she absolutely loved living in Uptown.

Kummrow described her as a people-loving person who deeply cared about others. She signed up to be an organ donor and upon her death, her organs were donated.

"Because of her, five other people will live longer, happier lives," Kummrow said. "That is her legacy. That was Jess."