Man Charged After Hitting Pedestrian in St. Paul

Gary Thomas Schmalz Photo: Ramsey County
Gary Thomas Schmalz

September 29, 2017 04:00 PM

A South Carolina man has been charged in connection to a St. Paul collision that severely injured a female pedestrian, according to court documents.

Gary Thomas Schmalz, 63, was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular operation.


Police were called at about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday to Robert Street and Fillmore Street on a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers found a woman in the road, as well as Schmalz standing next to his vehicle.

A witness told police she had not seen the actual collision, but saw Schmalz's vehicle stop in the middle of the intersection, then reverse. When Schmalz's vehicle reversed, the witness saw the victim laying on the ground. The witness said when she asked Schmalz if he had a cell phone to call police, he chuckled and said no.

According to the complaint, officers noticed Schmalz had alcohol on his breath. Schmalz told officers he had consumed several beers that evening. Officers had him perform a field sobriety test, which he failed. A breath test showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.139.

Police also reportedly located a number of cans and bottles of beer and alcohol in his car.

The victim was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment. According to the complaint, the victim's daughter told police the next day that her mother had suffered severe brain damage and would be in an intensive care unit for weeks.


Ben Rodgers

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