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Hearing scheduled for man accused of hitting bicyclist with car

Kevin Estuardo Diego Manuel's hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15 at Douglas County District Court.

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ALEXANDRIA — The first hearing has been scheduled in the case of an Alexandria man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car.

Kevin Estuardo Diego Manuel, 22, has been charged with felony criminal vehicular operation — causing substantial bodily harm to another person while operating a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

The maximum sentence for this charge is three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Diego Manuel has also been charged with four misdemeanors relating to the incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 8.

Diego Manuel's hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15 at Douglas County District Court.

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According to the statement of probable cause, police received a call about the incident at approximately 2:11 a.m., and found the crash site on North Lake Street, and the victim on the 200 block of Kenwood Drive.

The victim said he was riding his bicycle and only heard the vehicle before it struck him from behind, the statement read. He said he rolled over the hood and hit the ground, whereupon he heard the vehicle accelerating away from his location, the statement read.

The victim said the driver never stopped to check on him, nor did they ever return or notify law enforcement, the statement read.

The victim was transported to Alomere Hospital via ambulance, and had a broken leg, a broken back and a broken nose, the statement read. He described his pain level to be a 10 out of 10, being the most severe pain he has ever felt, the statement read.

Law enforcement officials identified Diego Manuel's vehicle as one of several possible suspect vehicles and found that it had damage consistent with this crash, including the passenger side mirror being missing, the statement read.

In a telephone conversation with law enforcement, Diego Manuel admitted to driving the vehicle and that he had hit "something" when he was driving, the statement read.

Diego Manuel said he had one drink at a bar prior to the crash, the statement read.

The vehicle Diego Manuel was driving did not have a plate due to a plate revocation, the statement read. Additionally, officers found that Manuel did not have insurance on the vehicle and his driver's license status was revoked, the statement read.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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