FARGO — Three people are injured following a hit-and-run crash that took place early Saturday morning, Sept. 25, in Fargo.
According to a report from the Fargo Police Department, an officer attempted to stop the driver of a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 1100 block of Second Avenue North. During the stop, the driver fled at a high rate of speed, "disregarding the safety of vehicles and pedestrians in the area," a release from the department stated.
Minutes later, police were dispatched to a crash involving the same vehicle along the 500 block of University Drive South. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Jeep crashed into a 2016 Mazda 6 driven by 22-year-old Bismarck man Braxton Schmidt. The vehicles then crashed into trees and power lines.
Prior to officers' arrival, the driver fled the scene. Two passengers — 23-year-old Fargo resident Uyin Alau and 23-year-old West Fargo resident Tashay Northern — were extracted from the Jeep and hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening. Schimdt was transported via F-M Ambulance to Essentia Health with serious injuries.
Crews from Xcel Energy were able to stabilize the damaged utility pole. The roadway was closed for several hours while the North Dakota Highway Patrol investigated the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.
A report will be forward to the state's attorney's office for consideration of charges, the Fargo Police Department stated via news release. Charges under consideration for the driver, who was not named, include fleeing in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated reckless driving, leaving the scene of an injury crash and criminal vehicular injury.