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The suspect in a May 26 hit & run crash that left a woman with life-threatening injuries is facing four counts of criminal vehicular operation.

An allegedly intoxicated Nathan D. Rogers, age 29 of Monticello, was located hours after the crash sitting on a bench outside the Monticello Public Works building.

Meanwhile a female victim of the crash was at Hennepin County medical Center in Minneapolis, where she had been transported by Life Link with life-threatening injuries- including a traumatic brain injury, according to court records. The female victim, a passenger on a motorcycle hit by Rogers’ vehicle, was bleeding from the head and unresponsive, according to a criminal complaint filed in Wright County District Court.

At the hospital, it was determined that the woman suffered a severe concussion, fractures to her hips and ribs, and a possible fracture to her hearing canal, the complain states. She also suffered internal injuries, including bleeding in her liver.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 at the intersection of 97th Street NW and Amery Avenue NW in Silver Creek Township.

Rogers, the driver of the vehicle that hit the motorcycle, fled the scene of the crash on County Road 39 towards Monticello, reports state.

Deputies at the scene observed a black Harley Davidson motorcycle laying on its side with heavy rear-end damage and debris scattered on the roadway.

The driver of the motorcycle stated he was east on 97th Street and slowing to turn onto Amery Avenue when Rogers’ vehicle crashed into his motorcycle from the rear. The female victim, the driver’s wife, was thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the crash, the complaint states. The driver suffered minor injuries.

A witness to the crash who reported the incident stated that Rogers was allegedly driving erratically and at a high rate of speed. The SUV Rogers was driving had front end damage and was smoking, the complaint states.

About an hour after the crash a Wright County deputy observed a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the crash in the parking lot of an apartment building at 919 Golf Course Road in Monticello. The apartment building is next to County Road 39, the road the crash occurred on. Reports state that the vehicle had serious front end damage and heat was coming from the engine, suggesting it had been recently driven.

The deputy observed on the front seat of the vehicle a drivers license in the name of Nathan Rogers.

A woman later identified as Rogers’ mother approached the deputy. The woman lives in the apartment building. She said Nathan Rogers had unsuccessfully tried to make contact with his mother. He left a message on her phone stated he was in trouble. 

The vehicle was not owned by Rogers, but by his girlfriend, the mother said. He had been driving the vehicle for about a month.

When contacted, the girlfriend said she hadn’t seen Rogers since morning, but had received a text message from him at 4:57 p.m. that afternoon- about 30 minutes after the crash.

Rogers allegedly asked his girlfriend to pick him up or he would be going to prison, the complaint states. Soon afterwards, the deputy located Rogers on the bench outside the public works building.

Authorities determined Rogers had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He was taken to jail, where a preliminary breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .187, the complaint states. A blood sample was later drawn at Buffalo Hospital. Results were unavailable.

Reach Jeff Hage at jeff.hage@ecm-inc.com

 

Editor

Jeff Hage is the editor of the Monticello Times newspaper in Monticello, Minn. He came to Monticello after seven years at our sister papers in Princeton and Milaca.

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