Man charged in Minn. hit-and-runs that killed 1

Published 3:38 pm Monday, November 29, 2010

ROCHESTER — A prosecutor says the man charged in two hit-and-run crashes that killed one person and injured three others in downtown Rochester early Saturday had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent.

Christopher Allen Trautman of Oronoco faces 14 charges, including three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

The Post-Bulletin reports bail was set Monday for Trautman at $200,000 with no conditions or $100,000 with an electronic alcohol monitor.

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Prosecutor Julie Germann told the judge that Trautman had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.18 percent — more than twice the legal limit for driving. She says he hit four pedestrians while driving at speeds of 50 mph on a 30-mph stretch of road.

Austin Melville of Rochester was killed as he walked across the street. Three other people also were struck and are in fair condition at Saint Marys Hospital.

Trautman returns to court Friday.