Driver Possibly Involved in Oakdale Hit-and-Run May Not Face Charges

Posted at: 11/19/2013 6:29 PM
Updated at: 11/20/2013 10:24 AM
By: Naomi Pescovitz

Charges may not be filed against the driver who came forward Monday after a hit-and-run in Oakdale last week. Five-year-old Jakob Schafer was seriously hurt Friday when he was hit by a vehicle after a school fundraiser outside "Pump it Up."

A driver called police Monday evening after seeing a letter about the incident that went home to parents at Schafer's school.

"We are not ready to make a conclusive statement that this individual was involved. The case is still under investigation, and we're going to wait until we get all the information before we decide if this individual was actually involved or not. Likewise, we are going to wait until all of the facts are in before we make any determination on any potential criminal charges," Oakdale Police Department Captain Jack Kettler said.

Kettler says it could be another week before the investigation is complete.

"Everything we have right now is it was more likely than not that the individual involved in this was not even aware that they had been involved in an accident with a child," Kettler said.

Kettler said the parking lot was dark and that a small child would have been difficult to see or hear. He also said the vehicle did not leave as though it was trying to get away.

"We're not seeing anything to indicate any type of malicious intent. We are seeing that it's a tragic accident that thankfully is not worse," Kettler said.

Schafer's mother, Shellie Rowe, said she was relieved that a driver had come forward but is more focused on her son and his recovery.

"Definitely, he's not going to be running around any time soon, and he also has a little bit of memory loss," Rowe said.

Schafer has a broken femur and shattered pelvis.

"He keeps saying he just wants to go home. And so that's kind of hard, just seeing him get a little teary because he wants to come back home and be with his family," Rowe said.

Schafer is the seventh of nine siblings.

"They're all missing him, and he's missing them, so we just want to get us all back together and kind of move on," Rowe said.

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