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Man hit after jumping from truck, driver convicted: MN officers

By Vaseline May30,2024

According to Minnesota police, the driver was charged with failure to signal and failure to stop.

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A Minnesota man was sentenced to prison for the 2023 death of a passenger he struck when the man jumped from his truck, authorities said.

The 22-year-old driver from Annandale was convicted May 29 of failing to stop driving resulting in injury or death to a person, court records show. Joseph W. Schneider was sentenced to 30 days in Wright County Jail and three years of supervised probation, according to court records.

McClatchy News was unable to locate his attorney’s contact information.

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About 1:30 a.m. on July 15, a group of Camp Friendship counselors left an Annandale bar in the bed of a pickup truck driven by Schneider, whom they met for the first time that evening, according to court documents.

Witnesses said Alexander Hilsgen, a 24-year-old passenger, jumped out of the moving vehicle because his hat flew off his head and told him to go get it, according to the probable cause document.

Hilsgen was not associated with Camp Friendship, but was sitting at the bar that evening and “tapped along” for the ride, police said.

A passenger “described feeling a large bump” after Hilsgen jumped from the truck, authorities said.

Surveillance footage from the camp site where the incident took place shows the truck driving over Hilsgen and the driver running towards his body on the road before driving away, police said.

Hilsgen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said authorities believe Hilsgen died of blunt force injuries consistent with being run over by a vehicle.

The driver did not report the incident and did not remain at the scene to provide authorities with his information, police said.

He was charged with failure to stop and failure to report personal injury or death to police, according to court records.

Wright County State’s Attorney Brian Lutes told the Star Tribune that because Schneider “was not the cause of the crash … it was not a criminal vehicle operation.”

Annandale is located about 50 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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