LF man injured in hit and run recovering; white van sought

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

A Little Falls man who was injured Jan. 27, as the result of a hit and run incident is at home and recovering.

The Minnesota State Patrol is looking for the owners of a white van that friends of the victim saw near Retka after the incident.

Zebulon G. Retka, 34, was struck early Sunday, Jan. 27, while he was walking east on or near the eastbound fog line on Highway 115, about 3/4 mile west of Highway 371, near the Main Gate Bar.

Friends discovered him at about 2:10 a.m. and brought him home. His mother, LindaLee Retka said he was in shock and didn’t know what happened.

Several hours later, LindaLee said her son couldn’t move the left side of his body and was transported by ambulance to St. Gabriel’s Hospital, and then transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) with serious injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol was notified of the incident about 9:30 a.m., Sunday.

Retka was released Tuesday and is recuperating at home, his mother said. “He’s fortunate someone found him right away,” said LindaLee.

“He’s had some serious injuries but is recovering,” she said. “He’s just a very strong person and certainly had an angel watching over him that night.”

The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for information on the white van and anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Brown at (218) 316-3026.

The investigation is ongoing.