Woman in Critical Condition After Being Hit By Truck

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines woman was critically injured when she was struck by a pickup truck early Tuesday morning in Des Moines.

Police say 34-year-old Richelle Merrifield was hit around 3:30 a.m. near 44th St. and Urbandale Avenue where she was crossing the street.

Merrifield was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery.  She is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as 56-year-old Kenneth Fugate.

Westbound Urbandale Ave. was closed between 43rd and 44th for a few hours while police investigated the crash and cleared the scene.

The investigation into the accident continues.