Cottage Grove man charged in crash that hurt teen bicyclist
STILLWATER - A Cottage Grove man has been charged in a hit-and-run accident that injured a teen bicyclist last month.
Tylor Christiansen, 13, was trying to cross Hinton Avenue at 79th Street on May 6 when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by Daryl W. Moenke, 80, who lives near the intersection, police said.
Moenke was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a gross misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is a $3,000 fine and one year in prison.
According to the complaint filed in Washington County District Court, a friend walked across the street ahead of Tylor. Witnesses said Moenke slowed for the pedestrian but then accelerated and struck Tylor. The boy was thrown from his bike and Moenke’s vehicle dragged the bike 79 feet, police determined.
In an interview with police, Moenke said kids at the scene told him Tylor was fine and he should leave. Moenke told police it was “stupid of him” to leave and that he didn’t know whether the victim was injured, the complaint says.
Tylor’s mother, Lisa, said her son’s right tibia and fibula were broken, and his ankle had a hairline fracture. He also suffered a concussion, his mother said. He was not wearing a helmet.