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Katie Ryan, Jamestown Sun, Published August 26 2009

Victim identified in Blockbuster crash

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Jamestown Police Department has released the name of a Blockbuster employee who died after she was hit by a car Saturday.

Sixty-year-old Christie Morgan of Jamestown was selling DVDs outside Blockbuster Video just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

A 15-year-old James-town boy was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi and entering the parking lot in front of Blockbuster. Police said the boy stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, pushing Morgan and a portion of the brick wall into the store.

Morgan was transported to Jamestown Hospital, where she died of her injuries, police said.

The 15-year-old and his 19-year-old passenger were not injured.

Police Chief Dave Donegan refused to identify the driver and the passenger, citing an ongoing investigation.

The boy was operating with a learner’s permit. The 19-year-old is a licensed driver, police said.

The supervising driver for a person with a learner’s permit must be at least 18 years old, have at least three years of driving experience and possess a valid driver’s license, according to the North Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles.

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