MINNEAPOLIS – Police continue to look for the driver who investigators believe intentionally struck a man with her vehicle and then drove off.
"It looked like it was pretty intentional. They probably hit the person they wanted," said Joel Eckerson.
Eckerson witnessed the entire traumatic episode as he was leaving the CC Club around bar time early Friday morning near 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue in Uptown.
Police identified the victim as 39-year-old Tarrince Winbush. They believe he got into an argument over a bar tab with a woman inside the Bulldog bar. It spilled out into the streets where investigators believe that same woman tried to hit Winbush with her car. Witnesses say the driver missed hitting a number of parked vehicles.
"It apparently hit it, and it went up and bounced a little bit," said Dylan Rosen. He said the driver hit his dad's parked car. "So they hit it really hard. They were obviously trying to hit this person with their car. It was no accident."
Eckerson said about two minutes later the driver was back and this time did not miss.
"And he just flew a good 20 feet, up just like a rag doll," he said of the victim. "One of his shoes was laying where he was hit. Just like sitting there, like he came out of his shoe."
Prior to that Eckerson said he heard a group of men and women screaming at each other across the street from him.
"You could definitely tell hear the women more than the guys," he said.
Police are looking for the driver. They describe the vehicle as a maroon four door vehicle with a dark roof. It is described as a Town Car or or Mercury Marquis type vehicle.
Anyone with information about this case can call Minneapolis Police at 612-692-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.