Toddler killed, man arrested in Itasca hit-and-run

By: News Director Larissa Donovan and Katherine Jones

NASHWAUK– A toddler was killed in a pedestrian hit-and-run crash on Highway 65 yesterday in northeast Itasca county.

A teenage girl was walking southbound with a two-year-old boy in a stroller when a pickup truck headed in the same direction struck them, and then fled the scene.

The boy, Logan Kennert, was pronounced dead on the scene, and the 16-year-old, Alexia Caroll, was treated for non-fatal, yet significant injuries at a Duluth hospital.

The driver, 38-year-old Jake Michael Place of Nashwauk, was stopped in Nashwauk and booked into the Itasca County Jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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