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Default WM, 30 dies after Duluth, MN negro hit-and-run


Duluth man charged with vehicular homicide
May 31, 2019 at 1:05 p.m.

Stanley Brown, a 30-year-old Duluth resident, appeared in court Friday to face charges related to a fatal hit-and-run collision that left Peter Seppanen, a 30-year-old Esko man, dead Tuesday.

Brown was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a collision, a crime that could result in a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $20,000. He also was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and second-degree refusal to submit to a chemical test.

At 6:54 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement was dispatched to the scene of a collision at Horseshoe Bend on 40th Avenue West. There, they found Seppanen lying face-down and unconscious not far from a damaged motorcycle. Witnesses said Seppanen was traveling uphill on 40th Avenue West, when he was struck by a down-bound red Jeep that crossed the center line into his lane of traffic, tossing him into the air upon impact.

A short while later, a vehicle of the same description was located at 52nd Avenue West. Brown was outside the vehicle attempting to change a flat tire. The Jeep had sustained front-end damage to the hood and windshield.

Brown was taken into custody by the Minnesota State Patrol, and a criminal complaint said he was found to be in possession of 1.47 grams of marijuana.

After smelling what seemed to be alcohol on Brown’s breath, Duluth police asked him to submit to a breath test, but he failed to provide a large enough sample, despite three separate attempts.

In a police interview the following day, the complaint says Brown admitted to operating the vehicle at the time of the collision and confessed that he had been drinking prior to the incident. Brown also reportedly said he may have been looking at his phone and took a turn too wide. He said he never saw the motorcycle until the collision occurred.


Peter J. Seppanen
September 01, 1988 - May 28, 2019

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