Mankato family searches for answers and driver in hit-and-run that killed Jalynn Williams

May 20, 2019 10:22 PM

So much has changed in one week for a Mankato family.

Last Monday, May 13th, 20-year-old Jalynn Williams died in a hit-and-run crash along a Blue Earth County highway.


Her boyfriend, 26-year-old Dennis Egge, was injured.

Over the weekend, Williams' relatives remembered her infectious smile, love of dance, music, family game nights and sense of adventure.  Williams only moved to Minnesota a year ago after exploring the world, living in Japan and Germany.

Williams was the passenger in a Chevrolet Blazer driven by her boyfriend on Highway 60 in Blue Earth County. The couple was headed home when they encountered another motorist along the way. It's not clear what set off the miles-long ordeal, but Egge told troopers the other motorist crossed into their lane, cutting him off and forcing the couple's SUV into a ditch where it rolled over.

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State Patrol: Mankato woman dies after her vehicle is cut off, rolls over in ditch

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Egge was belted in and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol report said Williams wasn't wearing a seat belt, and was ejected. She died from her injuries.

The other driver kept going. Williams' stepdad, Mason Schau, said not knowing why it happened amplifies the family's agony.

"If it was an accident, then it was an accident, if it wasn't done on purpose, but if it was road rage, whatever the case is, we wish they would come forward," Schau said.

Troopers released a photo of the other vehicle of interest. It's a dark-colored Ford, and the family hopes it's familiar to someone in the community.

"To find out what happened and get to the bottom of this and maybe get a little closure, that's what we need," said Schau.

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Beth McDonough

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