Not Your Averge Hit and Run
After striking and dragging an 11 year-old girl nearly a half mile Sunday, the St. Paul man allegedly responsible is being held at the Dakota County jail this morning.
The Star Tribune reports that, "the girl's injuries are very serious" according to West St. Paul Police Chief Bud Shaver. Experts brought in by the State Patrol are working on accident reconstruction at Wentworth and S. Robert Street, where the accident took place.
According to the Pioneer Press, the suspect is being held on charges of criminal operation of a vehicle.
Both papers report that a witness saw the accident and forced the van dragging the girl to stop. The suspect was later arrested a short distance from the scene of the accident.
According to the Minnesota state statute, 169.06 Accidents, the suspect allegedly failed to stop of his own volition for the accident, which violates subdivision 1 of 169.09. According to subdivision 14 of 169.09 penalties, "(2) if the accident results in great bodily harm to any individual, as defined in section 609.02, subdivision 8 , the driver is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than two years, or to payment of a fine of not more than $4,000, or both."