On August 31, 2018, at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch Center (911) received a call of an Amish buggy being struck by a car. This was reported as a hit and run, with the suspect vehicle fleeing the area. The accident took place on CR 21, in about the 18000 block, in Amherst Township (sections 20/21 and north of Henrytown). The Harmony Ambulance, Harmony Fire, and Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the accident. There were three occupants in the buggy; two adult Amish males, ages 19 and 21, and a 17-year-old juvenile Amish male. All three buggy occupants sustained injuries and the oldest was transported to the hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries. The suspect vehicle was located in the 33000 block of CR 16, to the west of the accident scene, hidden in a hay field, alongside a cornfield. The suspect driver had abandoned the vehicle and fled. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was requested and responded to the scene. After a short track/search, the suspect was located by the K-9 and placed under arrest. The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Connor Keene of Canton, Minn. Keene is being held at the Fillmore County Jail until he is arraigned in Fillmore County District Court for Criminal Vehicular Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
This accident was later identified as a fatality accident, due to the 21-year-old Amish male, William E Stutzman, from rural Harmony Minn., passing away from injuries sustained in the crash. He passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.