St. Cloud man Enters Plea in Pedestrian Fatality Case
FOLEY -- A St. Cloud man has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash which killed a pedestrian in east St. Cloud last fall.
Twenty-seven year-old Jason Rau was accused of hitting 56-year-old James Olson of St. Cloud as Olson walked across Highway 23 at the intersection of 14th Avenue Southeast last September. Rau then drove away from the scene and was later arrested.
Rau pleaded guilty in Benton County District Court to a gross misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury or death. The plea agreement caps jail time at 20 days.
Olson was first struck by another car driven by 51-year-old Mary Larcom of Sartell, but was struck a second time as Rau tried to pass her vehicle.
Assistant Benton County Attorney Karl Schmidt says they agreed to the reduced gross misdemeanor charge because evidence showed Olson was almost certainly killed when Marcom's car initially hit him and Rau struck Olson's prone body seconds later but failed to stop as he was required to do by law.