Following a Monday night tip to the Bloomington Police Department, a suspect was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run crash that ultimately killed Army veteran Trevor Langlois last week.
Langlois, a 24-year-old husband and father, had pulled over on a freeway entrance ramp to Interstate 35 in Hinckley, Minn. to deal with mechanical issues when a vehicle hit him and fled the scene on June 17.
Derek Anthony Sanders, 31, was taken into custody by Minnesota State Patrol Troopers from his parents' residence in Wyoming, Minn. Wednesday morning. Langlois also lived in Wyoming with his son Ethan and wife Katie.
Following the incident, the State Patrol released information of a suspect vehicle, a 2010 or newer Ford F-150 XLT four-door pickup truck with right front damage and a missing right mirror and assembly.
Langlois' father Brian Langlois wanted so desperately to find the motorist that he put $1,000 of his own money towards a reward fund. A buddy doubled it to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.
A tip came in to Bloomington police and was handed over to State Patrol on Monday night. Troopers followed the lead to a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description; it was registered to Sanders and will be used as evidence.
"It's obvious, having seen the site, this person not only knew they hit Trevor, they also knew they were going to hit Trevor -- panicked and hit brakes," Brian Langlois told FOX 9 News.
Sanders is being held at the Pine County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide and hit-and-run.
He has no criminal record, but has accrued four vehicle-related citations in the past: He has been caught driving without insurance and without a seatbelt in 2004, going 56 mph in a 40 mph zone in 2006 and for exceeding the interstate 70 mph limit in Carlton County in 2007.