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Morgan woman faces charges after hit-run with bicycle

Springfield youth injured

SPRINGFIELD — A 25-year-old Morgan woman faces gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation and failing to stop for collision after allegedly leaving the scene of a crash in Springfield in which a juvenile on a bicycle was injured Thursday.

Charges were filed against Lily J. Steinhaus, 21229 215th St. Morgan, in Brown County District Court Friday. Unconditional bail was set at $2,000, no bail with conditions Friday. An omnibus hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. June 29.

According to the court complaint, Brown County Dispatch notified Springfield Police May 13 of a hit-and-run crash involving a juvenile on a bike and a maroon, four-door car that left the scene.

Springfield Ambulance provided care for a juvenile, who was transported to the Sleepy Eye Medical Center and later airlifted out with unknown injuries. At the time the court complaint was done, law enforcement was notified the juvenile was admitted at Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The juvenile has not yet been identified.

Law enforcement spoke with a large group of juveniles at Brown’s Park in Springfield. The group agreed a maroon, four-door car allegedly hit the juvenile, then continued north on Park Avenue and turned west on Winona Street.

Officers went to the school and checked security cameras that showed a red/maroon, four-door car around the time of the crash. Law enforcement later learned Steinhaus was driving the car seen leaving the area. A check of motor vehicles registered to Steinhaus showed she owns a red Chevrolet Malibu.

A short time later, Steinhaus called police and said she may have been the one involved in the crash.

Law enforcement drove to Steinhaus’ address near Morgan, where she said she was 75 percent sure she hit the child, but did not know for sure. She admitted to driving on Park Avenue and by Brown’s Park at the approximate time of the crash, did not feel or notice any kind of impact, but did see a child on a bike to the right in her rearview mirror.

Steinhaus’ vehicle was later towed to the Springfield Police Dept. as evidence. The car had front passenger side and side wall damage. There is recent tire damage that appeared to be rubber on rubber damage and a crack in the passenger side wheel well near the bottom of the wheel well. There are also light scratch marks on the front passenger side of the bumper and pain missing from the passenger side door plus raised paint edge, indicating it may be recent damage.

The juvenile victim’s gold bike had rear wheel damage and a 7 1/4-inch scruff mark on the rear tire.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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