West Fargo teen pedestrian seriously hurt after being struck by teen motorist near high school

WEST FARGO - An 18-year-old woman from here was seriously injured Wednesday night, Nov. 30, after she was hit by a car driven by another 18-year-old woman from here, authorities said.Police were called to the intersection of Ninth Street East and...
Police officers cover a squad car at the scene of a police shooting in Des Moines, Iowa, where one of two police officers were shot and killed in separate attacks described as "ambush-style" in Urbandale and Des Moines, Iowa on November 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Scott Morgan
Police officers cover a squad car at the scene of a police shooting in Des Moines, Iowa, where one of two police officers were shot and killed in separate attacks described as "ambush-style" in Urbandale and Des Moines, Iowa on November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

WEST FARGO – An 18-year-old woman from here was seriously injured Wednesday night, Nov. 30, after she was hit by a car driven by another 18-year-old woman from here, authorities said.

Police were called to the intersection of Ninth Street East and Seventh Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. near West Fargo High School.

A northbound 2004 Honda Civic driven by Kristin Aswege hit Carol Eckman as she was walking west across Ninth Street, said Capt. Bryan Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Niewind said Eckman was taken to Essentia Hospital in Fargo with serious injuries. A condition report for her was not available, an Essentia spokeswoman said Thursday morning, Dec. 1.

Aswege, who was driving alone, was not hurt, the patrol captain said.

Niewind said both young women are not high school students. Heather Konschak, a spokeswoman for West Fargo Public Schools, confirmed that, adding that there were no functions going on at West Fargo High School late Wednesday.

Niewind said Eckman was by herself when she was struck. He said he believes she was walking home from work.

Investigators do not suspect alcohol or foul play was involved, according to a news release from the West Fargo Police Department.

The intersection is controlled by traffic lights, but it's unclear which party was at fault. Niewind said no one witnessed the crash, which remains under investigation. He said no citations have been issued at this point.