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Canton man arrested after fatal hit-and-run crash

September 4, 2018

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PRESTON — As of Sunday afternoon, Fillmore County authorities still have not released the name of a 21-year-old Amish man who was killed in a crash Friday afternoon in Amherst Township.

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 3:45 p.m. Friday for report of an Amish buggy that had been struck by a car, according to Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase. The car that allegedly hit the buggy fled the area following the crash on County Road 21 north of Henrytown in Amherst Township.

The Harmony Ambulance and Fire responded to the crash. Three men were in the buggy at the time of the crash — the 21-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old, according to Kaase.

None of their identities have been released. All three suffered injuries and the 21-year-old man was taken to the hospital Friday with what was described as “serious, life-threatening injuries,” Kaase said in an email. The man died Saturday morning at Gunderson Hospital in LaCrosse, according to Kaase.

The car that hit the buggy was located Friday hidden in a hayfield alongside a cornfield in the 33000 block of County Road 16. The driver of the car was not in it.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office dog was requested to help with the search. The dog located the man, identified as 24-year-old Connor Keene, of Canton, hiding nearby.

Keene is being held at the Fillmore County Jail and could faces charges of criminal vehicular operation of a motor vehicle.

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