Jack Blaschke sentenced for fatal hit-and-run in Plymouth
On November 29, 20-year-old Jack Blaschke, of Delano, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for a fatal hit-and-run in Plymouth that left a male victim and his dog dead, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday. On September 13, Blaschke pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene after causing the collision.
At the sentencing, the State argued for 57 months, while the defense requested 41 months. Ultimately, Judge Daniel Moreno sentenced Blaschke to a presumptive guidelines sentence of 48-months in prison.
According to the criminal complaint, on April 28, Plymouth police responded to the area of 17220 County Road 24 in Plymouth upon hearing of a male victim lying unconscious in a residential driveway. When police arrived, they were told that a vehicle hit the man and his dog.
The male victim was taken to North Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead due to internal injuries sustained from the collision.
Over the course of the investigation, and conversations with witnesses, police learned that Blaschke had initiated a drag race shortly before 9:00 p.m. He pulled up to a red light at County Road 24, honked his horn three times at the car next to him, and indicated that he wanted to race, the complaint states.
Blaschke proceeded to speed off — reaching over 70 mph in a 45 mph area — and struck the male victim and his dog as they were crossing the street. After the collision, Blaschke fled the scene, and refused to return despite hitting someone. He also did not contact police to report the incident, the complaint continues.
Upon being located by investigators, Blaschke admitted to hitting the man and his dog, and leaving the scene. He further told police that he did not return and went to a friend’s house instead, the complaint states.
View the criminal complaint against Blaschke (PDF).