SUV driver who hit boy in Oakdale comes forward 3 days later

  • Article by: Paul Walsh
  • Star Tribune
  • November 19, 2013 - 1:27 PM

A motorist who ran over and seriously injured a 5-year-old boy in Oakdale has stepped forward to police three days later, according to authorities.

Jakob Schafer, of Maplewood, was struck by an SUV about 7:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Pump It Up indoor play center in the 7000 block of Sixth Street N., where a school fundraiser was being held.

Jakob had a broken upper right leg bone and pelvis, and was recovering at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

The motorist, whose identity has yet to be released, “voluntarily came forward [Monday] to speak to Oakdale Police Department investigators [and] is cooperating fully with the investigation,” said police spokeswoman Michelle Starks. “The investigation will continue, and there are no charges currently pending.”

Jakob’s mother, Shellie Rowe, told KSTP-TV that the boy and his father, Sean Schafer, were leaving the play center when Jakob chased a bouncing ball into the parking lot and was struck.

The SUV left the area without stopping. Witnesses said they heard a “thump” but did not see the boy get hit. Officers arrived to find Sean Schafer holding his son, who was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Star Tribune reporter Jim Anderson contributed to this report. Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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