Man Charged in Connection to Fatal Crash Involving Buggy in Fillmore County

Connor Keene Photo: Fillmore County Sheriff's Office
Connor Keene

September 05, 2018 11:10 AM

A Canton man has been charged in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash that involved a buggy in Fillmore County, according to court records.

A criminal complaint states Connor Louis Keene faces four counts of criminal vehicular homicide. 

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According to the complaint, a Fillmore County sheriff's deputy was called on Aug. 31 to County Road 21 on reports of a collision involving a buggy. When the deputy arrived, he located debris and wood from a vehicle and buggy. 

The complaint said the deputy located a passenger from the buggy - identified as William Stutzman - lying on his back in a ditch.

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Another passenger and driver of the buggy told authorities they were traveling on County Road 21 when they were hit by a vehicle. The passenger told authorities the car took off right after the collision. 

While at the scene, a deputy located car parts with the letters BUIC, leading them to believe the suspect vehicle was a Buick.

Authorities later learned a suspect vehicle had been located on County Road 16.

The complaint said authorities located Keene and a woman in the woods near the vehicle. Authorities found the license plate belonging to the suspect vehicle in the woods, which was registered to Keene. 

According to the complaint, a preliminary breath test that was administered at the jail revealed Keene had a blood alcohol concentration of .18. A search warrant was also signed, allowing authorities to draw blood from Keene. 

Authorities later learned Stutzman died from injuries sustained during the crash. 

If found guilty, Keene could face up to 40 years in prison. 

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