Update: 2-Year-Old Boy Killed in Hit and Run, Suspect Charged

16-year-old girl also injured in incident; suspect in custody

Jake Place

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – A fatal hit and run killed a two-year-old boy Thursday afternoon in Northeast Itasca Township, about fifteen miles north of Nashwauk.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, officers learned a 16-year-old pedestrian, identified as Alexia Carroll, was struck while pushing a 2-year-old, identified as Logan Klennert, in a stroller.

The 2-year-old died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Carroll experienced broken bones and may require amputation of a foot.

Authorities say 38-year-old Jake Michael Place, of Nashwauk, was stopped by Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies after a helicopter in the area from Wisconsin Construction Helicopter Service spotted the pickup truck and notified law enforcement.

During the traffic stop Place admitted to authorities that he “struck a deer or something.”

Place was arrested and is charged with two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide, four counts of Felony Criminal Vehicular Operation, and one count of Driver Fail to Stop for Collision.

According to the criminal complaint, Place has previously been convicted of three counts of felony Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Possession, Second Degree Sale of Controlled Substances, Driving While Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, and Texting and Use of Electronic Device While Driving.

The Minnesota State Patrol released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the incident which reads in part:

“The Minnesota State Patrol would like to extend our condolences to the family of 2-year-old Logan Klennert who died as the result of a fatal crash on Thursday. We would like to thank the helicopter pilots and employees from Wisconsin Construction Helicopter Service who were in the area and helped locate the suspect. The pilots spotted the pickup truck, called law enforcement and followed the driver until he could be arrested.”

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