Man pleads guilty to hit-and-run that left two-year-old dead

An Itasca County man has entered a guilty plea in a hit-and-run crash that killed a toddler last August.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 16-year-old Alexia Carroll was pushing two-year-old Logan Klennert in a stroller around 1:17 p.m. Aug. 1, 2019, along the shoulder of Highway 65 in northeastern Itasca County when they were both struck by a southbound Dodge Ram pickup truck, who had crossed the shoulder.

The suspected pickup was found in Nashwauk, and the driver, 39-year-old Jake Michael Place of Nashwauk, was booked into the Itasca County Jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Place, according to court records, told officers he thought he hit a deer.

Carroll was seriously injured and treated for her injuries at a Duluth hospital. Two-year-old Logan died at the scene.

Place will be sentenced May 14.

Jake Place, 39, Nashwauk. Photo courtesy of the Itasca County Jail.

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