A Duluth man who told police he was prompted by a newspaper article to confess has been charged for allegedly driving off after striking a pedestrian with his vehicle Jan. 25 in Superior.
Jeremy Michael Spinner, 34, faces one count of hit-and-run — great bodily harm. He made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Feb. 4 and waived the time limits for his preliminary hearing. A cash bond of $2,000 was set for Spinner, and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Superior police responded to a reported hit-and-run near the intersection of Elmira Avenue and North 28th Street at about 2:20 a.m. Jan. 25. The victim, John Dromeshauser, was walking southbound on Elmira Avenue and saw headlights coming behind him; the next thing he remembered was being asked by a woman if he was OK.
The woman who reported the incident told Officer Marc Letendre that she was driving by and saw a man lying on the west side of the road. She also noticed “a big pool of blood.” The woman stopped, called 911 and provided assistance.
Dromeshauser sustained fractures to his skull, ribs and left leg, according to the complaint. Dromeshauser reached out the Telegram and the News Tribune after the crash for help finding the one woman who he said saved his life.
Spinner contacted Letendre through an attorney’s office to confess on Jan. 31, according to police reports.
The Duluth man told police that he made a left turn onto Elmira from North 28th Street and looked down to light a cigarette when there was an impact. He told the officer that he looked in his rearview mirror and did not see anyone.
Uncertain if he hit an animal or person, Spinner said he kept going. He told police he didn’t know for sure he’d hit someone until he saw an article in the paper about the incident.
Spinner’s next court hearing was set for Feb. 19. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000.