St. Paul Police Investigate Hit-and-Run in Phalen Area

Updated: 10/03/2013 3:27 PM By: Jennie Olson

Wade Souster
Wade Souster
Photo: Photo courtesy of the Souster family.

St. Paul police are investigating a hit-and-run that left a man with life-threatening injuries.

Police were called around 4 a.m. on a report of someone hit by a vehicle on Phalen Boulevard at Atlantic Street. Police say the victim, 31-year-old Wade Souster of Inver Grove Heights, was taken into surgery at Regions Hospital, but at this point his condition is unknown.

Souster was found in the median about 10 to 15 feet from the crosswalk.

His family released these statements, "Wade grew up in Inver Grove Heights. He now lives in the Lake Phalen area and often liked to go for a walk late at night. He loves and makes friends with everyone, which is why everyone calls him 'Uncle Wade,' not just his many nieces and nephews.

"We are devastated that whoever hit him did not stop to help. But we are grateful to the driver who found him and did call an ambulance. We are also thankful that Wade is alive and we hope and pray that he will have a full recovery.

"A Caring Bridge site will be set up by this weekend so Wade's many friends and loved ones can follow his progress. We ask that you keep him in your prayers. For anyone who may have information about who hit Wade, please call the police."

Police are asking body shops to look for a vehicle with damage to the front driver's side. Anyone with information can call 651-266-5722.