Monday, June 20, 2016

Correction: Accident Update

The following is an update on the hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of 10-year-old Caylin Donovan in Aitkin County on June 10.


Two adults from Hastings were taken into custody today after a tip from the public aided the Minnesota State Patrol investigation. The State Patrol and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Steven Lee Meier, 44, and Deborah Lynn Chandler, 45, both of Hastings.


Following their arrests in Hastings, Meier and Chandler were taken to the Aitkin County jail where they await formal charges by the Aitkin County Attorney.


Caylin Donovan of Lake Park, Minn., was struck and killed just before 8 p.m. on June 10 while walking on Highway 18 near Mille Lacs Lake. The State Patrol continues to ask anyone who may have information about the case to call them at 218-316-3025.


The State Patrol is also asking for the public's help in finding the vehicle involved in a separate hit-and-run crash that also occurred in Aitkin County on June 10.


Authorities believe 85-year-old Margaret Ann Johnson was struck and killed by a vehicle near her mailbox on the shoulder of Highway 47 approximately 3.5 miles east of Aitkin.


Investigators are asking anyone who saw Johnson near her mailbox that day between noon and 1 p.m. to call with any information. Witnesses may call the State Patrol at 218-316-3026or the Aitkin County Sheriff at 218-927-7435.

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