Warrant: Vehicle Owner in Fatal Alexandria Hit-and-Run Admits Driving, Thought Hit Curb

March 30, 2018 06:48 AM

KSTP spoke with Penning's father on March 23 in the video above.

The owner of the SUV alleged to have been the vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Alexandria last week told dispatchers he or she believes they "hit the kid" that evening but thought it was a curb, according to a search warrant filed Thursday.


Police have not yet specified the gender of the driver. 

Travis Pennig, 26, was hit and killed along 34th Avenue in Alexandria late in the evening on March 19. 

Police said Wednesday the registered owner came forward to say he or she believed their vehicle that might have hit Pennig. 

RELATED: Alexandria Police: Vehicle's Owner Came Forward in Hit-and-Run Case

A search warrant filed Thursday says Alexandria police were made aware on March 25 the vehicle's owner had called 911 to say the owner "…thinks (he or she) hit the kid in Alexandria Monday evening but thought it was a curb" and didn't mean to hurt anyone. 

The warrant indicates the caller was remorseful.

Authorities collected the vehicle from the owner's residence, and said it had front-end and passenger-side damage consistent with a crash, according to the warrant. The vehicle was taken to a state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for testing.

The warrant, filed in Ramsey County, is for a search of that vehicle. 

Authorities say they've been unable to speak with the vehicle's owner since the original 911 call because an attorney had advised the owner to not provide a statement, the warrant says. 

A witness told Alexandria police he had stopped to speak with Pennig, whom he said was sitting along 34th Avenue wearing dark clothing. 

Pennig told the man he lived nearby but had just been in a fight with his fianceé and did not want to go home, according to the warrant. The witness told police he gave Pennig a jacket because he believed he was homeless. 

RELATED: Alexandria Police Locate SUV Matching Description of 1 Involved in Hit-and-Run

The witness estimated the encounter took place about 10:20 p.m., the warrant says. A call to 911 seeking a welfare check of an individual along the side of 34th Avenue, placed by a different witness, was made at 10:29 p.m. 

Officers arrived and found Pennig alive, but suffering from significant injuries. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. 

No arrests have been made and the matter remains under investigation.


Michael Oakes

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