Following an accident that badly injured a firefighter, an 88-year-old Duluth man faces charges for hit-and-run. Ronald Gene Myrdahl, the accused, told investigators he didn’t stop after sensing a major hit that destroyed his minivan while driving without headlights.
Firefighter Critically Injured, Driver Faces Charges for Hit-and-run
Raymond Skoglund, a firefighter, was unconscious and had fractured legs, ribs, nose, mouth, and mild brain bleeds after the January 25 event.
Myrdahl faces charges for hit-and-run with felony criminal vehicular operation resulting in serious bodily damage while drinking or taking drugs. Despite the serious allegations, he was freed with a March 4 court date.
A witness saw Myrdahl driving without headlights and sliding onto the shoulder before hitting Skoglund, who was running. The witness tried to get Myrdahl to put on his headlights but was refused. He drove past a deer and hit it.
Hit-and-Run Tragedy: Driver Faces Charges – Community Rallies for Recovery
Officer David Hnatek found the van parked with substantial damage after it continued without stopping or accelerating. Myrdahl admits hitting something on Grand Avenue but said he discovered it subsequently and turned on his headlights. He was attentive and unimpaired when authorities approached.
Skiing and mountain biking enthusiast Skoglund has a difficult comeback. As he progressively wakes up from sedation, his movement and strength improve. As of Tuesday afternoon, the GoFundMe effort for Skoglund’s medical expenses had raised nearly $61,000.
The 88-year-old man severely injured a firefighter faces charges for hit-and-run, sparking legal action. Myrdahl claims he didn’t notice he hit someone until afterward, but the incident has serious ramifications, emphasizing road safety and accountability. Skoglund’s recovery is ongoing, but the community’s fundraising shows solidarity and compassion for victims.