Man sentenced in connection to fatal Roseville hit-and-run
A 62-year-old man who was charged in connection to a crash in Roseville that left two people dead pleaded guilty Friday.
Court records show Ronald Andrew Jacobson was sentenced to 33 days in local confinement, which can be served by home detention or electronic monitoring.
He will also be placed under probation for two years.
The criminal complaint states that Jacobson is charged with failure to stop after a traffic collision that resulted in a death or injury.
According to the complaint, officers were called on Jan. 3, 2019, to the intersection of Larpenteur Avenue at Woodbridge Court on the report of two pedestrians being hit by a vehicle.
First responders pronounced the two pedestrians dead at the scene. The pedestrians were identified as Robert Blake Buxton, 47, and Meredith Nypree Aikens, 45, both of Roseville.
An investigation revealed that a truck had struck the two pedestrians. According to the complaint, the driver of the truck stopped and cooperated with the police. A witness told police, however, that a second vehicle struck Aikens after he was hit by the first vehicle. The witness told police the second vehicle then fled the scene.
According to the complaint, a person called the police and said that a man later identified as Jacobson had admitted to him that he was the driver of the second vehicle. The man told police that Jacobson said he had been on his way home from a bar when he drove by the accident and hit something. Police later conducted surveillance at the bar and saw the suspect vehicle. Officers then saw Jacobson get in the vehicle.
The complaint said officers noticed damage to the vehicle, as well as a blood-like substance on the rear bumper. The complaint goes on to say, "Subsequent testing by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Laboratory confirmed that the defendant's vehicle ran over and dragged (Aikens)."
According to the complaint, Jacobson admitted that he had not stopped at the scene and that he never called the police to inform them of his involvement in the crash.