A 35-year-old Two Harbors man has admitted to being the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash and fleeing from the scene in Midway Township on Friday, according to an update from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office early Sunday.
The incident took place at approximately 4:47 p.m. Friday in Midway Township. While waiting to turn from Midway Road onto Stark Road, a Subaru occupied by four family members was hit by the truck and pushed into oncoming traffic, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. The oncoming vehicle was a truck pulling a trailer. Both the Subaru and the oncoming truck ended up in the ditch off Midway Road.
The suspect fled north on Midway Road, the release said. Five people were hospitalized with various injuries, including broken teeth, collarbones, pelvis and nose as well as internal bleeding. One victim was still hospitalized in critical condition in a metro area hospital as of Saturday. Everyone else has been or was expected to be released Saturday.
Deputies were following credible tips that the suspect vehicle was in the Alborn area when the suspected driver contacted the office directly, wishing to turn himself in. The driver was cooperative with the investigation after turning himself in and is currently being held at the St. Louis County Jail on charges of criminal vehicular operation and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash with injuries.
The News Tribune generally does not name suspects until they have been formally charged.
This story was updated at 10:31 a.m. June 28 with additional information from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office regarding the arrest. It was originally posted at 7:20 p.m. June 27.