Woman charged after hit-and-run in Apple Valley

Kate McKenzie Moon

A 21-year-old woman was charged in Dakota County District Court on Wednesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash, which left a 38-year-old male pedestrian injured near 15020 Glazier Ave., Apple Valley, around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

The unconscious man was given first aid at the scene and transported to the hospital where he is expected to recover from his injuries, according to a release from the Apple Valley Police Department.

The man had numerous abrasions and had a large amount of blood coming from his head, according to the criminal complaint.

Witnesses to the collision reported a description of the suspect vehicle, which was driven from the scene.

After information was sent to media and the public describing the vehicle as a white SUV with front end damage, police made the arrest about noon on Sunday.

Kate McKenzie Moon of Apple Valley was charged with felony criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm (causes collision and leaves scene).

One witness said that the man was walking in the street along Glazier Drive about three feet from the curb since water sprinklers were on and soaking the sidewalk where he was walking previously.

The witness said a vehicle struck the man with the front passenger side headlight area and sent the man onto the hood of vehicle and off on the passenger side.

The witness said the vehicle left the scene toward 147th Street and turned west.

After speaking to officers through a voluntary phone call to the police station, Moon came into the police station with the vehicle.

Moon told officers that she had been driving the vehicle and had been drinking alcohol previous to the crash. She said she first saw the male about 2 feet in front of her vehicle before she hit him in the street.

She said she was going approximately 20-25 mph when she struck the victim.

She admitted she knew she hit the victim, he was most likely injured, and that she should not leave the scene. She said she did not tell anyone about the crash until later confronted.

The maximum sentence for the charge is three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.