Hit-and-Run Critically Injures Vet on Side of Road

Updated: 06/19/2013 4:10 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Authorities are searching for a driver that hit a man along Interstate 35 in Hinckley while he was pulled over helping to fix a vehicle, authorities said Tuesday.

The crash happened shortly before 10:50 p.m. Monday on southbound I-35 near Fire Monument Road in Hinckley, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Trevor Langlois, 25, of Wyoming, Minn., was on the right shoulder near the freeway's southbound entrance ramp, according to the Pine County Sheriff's Office.

A vehicle getting onto the interstate hit Langlois, the sheriff's office reported. Investigators say the vehicle slowed down, stopped, and then took off.  Langlois was airlifted to Essentia Hospital in Duluth. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was in critical condition.

Investigators are searching for the vehicle involved in the hit and run.  It's believed to be a dark-colored, Ford F150 pickup truck. It could be an XLT or newer model. The vehicle likely has new, moderate to heavy damage to the right front bumper, hood and possibly the quarter panel area. The vehicle possibly has white paint transferred to that area, too. The passenger side mirror might be partially missing.

The driver of the vehicle is unknown.

Anyone with information about the driver can call the State Patrol at 651-582-1455.

Langlois was a member of the Army's Patriot Guard, according to his family. He was medically discharged from the Army a few years ago after being injured while training.

He met his wife, Katie, in the Army. The couple has a 2-year-old son. Langlois recently graduated with a two-year degree and started a tree service business.