Man faces criminal vehicular homicide charge after 2-year-old hit, killed and 16-year-old hurt near Nashwauk

Updated: August 02, 2019 02:37 PM

A driver is in jail Friday morning after allegedly hitting and killing a 2-year-old boy and seriously injuring a 16-year-old girl near Nashwauk.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported the hit-and-run crash occurred on Highway 65 Thursday at about 1 p.m.


According to the state patrol, the 16-year-old pedestrian was walking southbound along Highway 65's righthand shoulder and was pushing a stroller with the 2-year-old inside.

The Minnesota Department of Public safety identified the child as Logan Klennert. 

At that point, the driver of a pickup, identified as 38-year-old Jake Michael Place, crossed onto the shoulder and hit the pedestrian and stroller from behind, according to the state patrol.

Place left the scene and was stopped near Nashwauk. Place was arrested and booked into the Itasca County Jail on charges of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

The 16-year-old victim is reported to have broken multiple bones and may have to have a foot amputated according to the Itasca County Attorney. 

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