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Swedish delegate struck, killed

Site was crosswalk at Oglethorpe and Bull

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A Swedish delegate visiting Savannah for a professional conference died Tuesday night after being hit by a pickup truck in a marked crosswalk at Oglethorpe and Bull Streets.

Nils Eric Svensson, 61, was a regional business developer from Skanor, Sweden. A Swedish investor, Anne Christine Bjarkby, 45, was crossing with Svensson about 10 p.m. and suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.

According to police reports, the group was taking a night tour of the historic district. When members of the group attempted to cross Oglethorpe at Bull Street, a Ford Ranger passed through the crosswalk, hitting the two pedestrians.

The driver stopped immediately. No word yet on possible charges.

The delegation from Vaxjo, Sweden, which includes the city's Lord Mayor, was here to cement an agreement between the two cities to share a focus on sustainability and green entrepreneurship. Vaxjo is sometimes called "Sweden's Greenest City."

The tragic accident happened during the annual EDays U.S./Swedish trade conference, held this year at the Marriott Riverfront.

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