Driver Charged in Connection to Death of 5-Year-Old Southern Minnesota Boy

Sixty-nine-year-old Myles Keller of Mantorville, Minnesota Photo: Photo: Olmsted County Sheriff's Office
Sixty-nine-year-old Myles Keller of Mantorville, Minnesota

September 06, 2017 11:32 AM

A Dodge County man has been charged in connection to the death of a 5-year-old boy, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KAAL-TV reports.

Sixty-nine-year-old Myles Keller of Mantorville, Minnesota, has been charged with reckless driving and driving with excess alcohol content. He will not be charged with criminal vehicular homicide, KAAL-TV reports.

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The crash happened May 25 in Byron, Minnesota, and killed 5-year-old Lukas Wharton, who had been playing outside with his wagon when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Keller, according to prosecutors.

The boy was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he died.

According to the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, a post-crash sample of Keller’s blood was taken and indicated he was over the legal limit to drive. Keller was brought in for questioning but was not initially charged while the investigation was ongoing.

According to the attorney’s office, the driving conduct must be, beyond a reasonable doubt, a substantial factor in the death in order for someone to be charged with criminal vehicular homicide.

Because Keller was driving below the speed limit, was not swerving and stopped quickly, the case did not meet the requirements for criminal vehicular homicide, despite Keller's alcohol use, KAAL-TV reports.

If convicted of reckless driving, Keller faces up to one year in jail and up to $3,000 in fines.

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