COKATO -- A Cokato man was killed in a crash on Highway 12 early Wednesday morning. The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. near Cokato.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a semi-truck pulling a grain hopper trailer was going east in the right lane of Highway 12 with its lights on and a pedestrian was standing in the lane directly in the way of the truck.

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Authorities say the driver braked and tried to avoid the pedestrian before ultimately hitting him. The pedestrian, 34-year-old Jacob Merges, died as a result of the crash.

The driver of the semi, 56-year-old Gregory Nelson of Dassel, was not hurt.

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