Police have arrested a driver accused of leaving the scene of a deadly hit-and-run in Itasca County Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. in northeast Itasca Township when the driver of a 1999 Dodge Ram traveling south on Hwy. 65 struck a 16-year-old girl who walking along the right shoulder and pushing a 2-year-old boy in a stroller.
The truck crossed onto the shoulder and hit them from behind, killing the 2-year-old boy and sending the teenage girl to a hospital in Duluth with significant injuries.
The driver of the Ram fled the scene and was later tracked down and arrested near Nashwauk, which is about 15 miles south of where the hit-and-run occurred.
The 2-year-old boy has been identified as Logan Dean Klennert, of Nashwauk.
The 16-year-old girl, also of Nashwauk, is expected to survive, according to the State Patrol.
Police arrested the 38-year-old Nashwauk man driving the Ram and booked him into Itasca County Jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm, and driving under the influence of a controlled substance
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