Minneapolis police have arrested a University of Minnesota student in connection with a June hit-and-run crash that left a man in the street with two broken legs and other serious injuries.
Tyler Braunschweig, 19, is charged with felony criminal vehicular operation in connection with the crash. He remains in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.
The crash happened just after 6 p.m. on June 27 at the intersection of Lyndale Avenue S. and W. 24th Street. Responding officers found 24-year-old Matthew Call in the street with serious injuries. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and diagnosed with two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and broken vertebrae.
Officers learned Call had been standing in the street about to enter his parked car from the driver's side when he was struck from behind by a dark-colored SUV, which did not stop after the accident.
Video surveillance footage from the neighborhood showed a black Jeep Cherokee strike the victim and then drive-off. The picture also clearly showed the suspect driver.
Photographs published in news reports generated two tips identifying the suspect as a U of M student at the time of the crash. These tips also led to the identification of the passenger in the suspect vehicle, who gave police the identity of the driver. The passenger said he told Braunschweig to go back to the scene of the accident.
Investigators learned Braunschweig's parents had a vehicle matching the one involved in the hit-and-run crash and that an insurance claim had been filed in regard to an accident around the same time, claiming the vehicle hit a deer. Investigators tracked down the Jeep after it had been sold by the insurance company.