Driver charged over hit-and-run that killed 5-year-old Cody

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A man has been charged over the hit-and-run crash in St. Joseph last month that killed a 5-year-old boy.

The St. Cloud Times reports Jeremy Brian Ulik, 32, of St. Joseph, was charged Thursday with two counts of failing to stop at a collision causing injury or death, in relation to the tragic incident in April when Cody Nuckolls was struck by a Chevy Trailblazer.

Cody was hit outside his home, as he waited with his mother for his 7-year-old sister to get off the school bus that had stopped there.

The criminal complaint says he ran out into a lane of traffic, but his mother did not see the impact as her view was blocked by the bus, saying that when she saw him he was injured and trying to stand up, the newspaper notes.

Ulik told police he did not see, feel or hear anything to alert him he had hit somebody on the 300 block of 1st Avenue North, though he did acknowledge he had hit the boy.

The Associated Press notes Ulik thought the boy was OK, as he saw him standing as he drove away.

Cody was then taken to the hospital, where he was later declared dead.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to cover his funeral costs (which has raised more than $12,500), Cody was described as a "fun loving boy who was always laughing and smiling."

He was said to have idolized his father and wanted to be just like him when he grew up – making donuts and pizza at Casey's in St. Cloud.

Ulik is due to appear in court on June 8.

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