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Driver in fatal hit-and-run in Jackson charged

Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 08:06:42-04

The driver of vehicle struck by a motorcyclist in Jackson, has been charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death.

On Tuesday, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County released that Rodney Hovinen has been charged for not stopping when the accident occurred on June 28. The charge carries a maximum of 5 years in prison.

The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet, and was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury, according to the Jackson Police Department. On July 3, the motorcyclist, Derrik William Allard, 36, died of his injuries.

The accident occurred around 8:50 p.m June 28, at the intersection of Milwaukee and Prospect streets. Police say Allard was driving a 1984 Honda CR80, traveling southbound on Milwakee Street when he failed to stop at the stop sign and struck Hovinen’s 2010 Mercedez-Benz Sprinter van.

Police say Hovinen did not stop after the crash, and was later identified on June 29th. Deputy Chief Elmer Hitt said Hovinen turned himself in without incident.

'The Jackson City Police Department did an excellent job investigating this case," said Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka in a press release.