19-Year-Old Man Charged in Uptown Hit-and-Run Case

Updated: 10/11/2012 4:33 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A popular local musician and barista continues to recover after being hit by an SUV on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis in June. Now, an arrest has finally been made in the hit-and-run case.

Twenty-four-year-old Matt Call was trying to get into his vehicle at 24th Street and Lyndale Avenue South in South Minneapolis when he was hit by a suspect in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Call broke both femurs and his pelvis and suffered other injuries in the incident; he was transferred to Rochester for physical therapy.

The driver fled the scene.

Call says at first he was told he would not be able to put weight on his injured legs and pelvis for several months, but Call says he took his first steps ahead of schedule about a month after the incident. Call says he's grateful for the outpouring of support he's received.

Police say they received two tips identifying the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Tyler Adam Braunschweig, who was a student at the University of Minnesota at the time.

The tips led police to the passenger in the vehicle, who identified the driver. The passenger told police that he encouraged Braunschweig to return to the accident but he refused, according to police.

Investigators say the suspect vehicle was registered to a Wisconsin address, and an insurance claim had been filed regarding an accident around that same time. The claim said the vehicle had hit a deer.

Braunschweig has been charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation, which is a felony. He made his first court appearance Thursday and bail was set at $75,000.