Nashwauk man Charged in Fatal hit-and-run Granted Public Defender

Place Will Appear in Court Again on August 19

(Jake Place)

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – The Nashwauk man charged with two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide after he fatally struck a two-year-old boy and critically injured a 16-year-old during a hit-and-run earlier this month has been granted a public defender.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, officers learned a 16-year-old pedestrian was struck while pushing a 2-year-old in a stroller on Highway 65 around 1:17 p.m. on August 1.

Authorities say Jake Place, 39, struck the pedestrians from behind and fled the scene.

Authorities later identified the teenager as Alexia Carroll of Nashwauk and the toddler as Logan Klennert also of Nashwauk.

Klennert died on the scene from his injuries. Carroll was transported to a hospital with serious injuries including multiple broken bones.

Place was arrested during a traffic stop after a helicopter in the area spotted the pickup truck matching the description of the suspected vehicle and notified law enforcement.

Place 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.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on August 19.

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