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Teen charged in fatal Plymouth hit-and-run, victim identified

The crash killed a 65-year-old local man and his dog.

Authorities have arrested the alleged driver in the deadly hit-and-run that happened in Plymouth this week.

A 19-year-old from Delano is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the crash, which killed a 65-year-old local man and his dog on Wednesday, April 28, at County Road 24 and 32nd Avenue North.

Per WCCO, the charges say the suspect, Jack Henry Blaschke, was street-racing another car and going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone when he fatally struck Gregory M. Schneider, who was attempting to cross the road with his black Labrador at the time. 

Blaschke later told investigators that he "panicked" after the collision and drove to a friend's house, the station says.

Meanwhile, friends of the victim, Schneider, tell the Star Tribune that the St. Paul native was "enjoying retirement after a long stint as an engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation," and was engaged to be married to his first wife. 

The paper also notes that Blaschke, who was arrested the day after the crash, told investigators that "his father had warned him about his driving habits," and that he'd been arrested on DWI charges in Plymouth a few weeks earlier. 

Blaschke graduated from Delano High School with the class of 2020.

He's currently in custody at the Hennepin County jail, where he's been booked on three charges related to criminal vehicular homicide. His bail has been set at $150,000. 

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