Deerwood Man Acquitted of Careless Driving in Connection to Fatal Pedestrian Collision

Deerwood Man Acquitted of Careless Driving in Connection to Fatal Pedestrian Collision Photo: KSTP

June 21, 2018 04:54 PM

A Deerwood man has been acquitted in connection to a collision in Aitkin County last year that left a pedestrian dead.

According to court records, a judge dismissed a misdemeanor careless driving charge against 62-year-old Timothy Paul Kostal Thursday. A traffic regulation charge - backing up on a roadway or shoulder - was dismissed earlier this month.

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Kostal allegedly contacted the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office just before 1 p.m. on June 10, 2017, to report a woman - later identified as Margaret Johnson - lying alongside Highway 47 at the end of a driveway in Spencer Township.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office later determined Johnson died of "multiple traumatic injuries due to automobile-pedestrian collision."

The criminal complaint alleges that, in an interview with authorities, Kostal said "he did not think he ran over Ms. Johnson, but he must have."

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