Suspect in fatal hit-and-run out of jail

8:28 AM, Jun 30, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The man accused of hit and run, killing a 24-year-old man is out on bail, according to the Pine County Jail.

Prosecutors charged 31-year-old Derek Anthony Sanders, of Wyoming, with criminal vehicular homicide Friday. Police believe he struck and killed Trevor Langlois whose vehicle had broken down along I-35 near Hinckley on June 17.

Langlois' father, Brian Langlois, is upset Sanders was apparently able to post his bail.

"I can't believe the court saw fit to give him that kind of bail, that he could easily obtain and be right back out on the street," said Langlois.

Investigators arrested Sanders Wednesday after Pam DeGrote saw his vehicle Monday in the U.S. Bank parking lot in Bloomington.

"When we drove around the parking lot and I located it parked. I thought you know, I think this is the vehicle," she said.

She was eating at the next door Applebee's with her husband when she saw what appeared to be the vehicle police had described days earlier pull into the bank parking lot.

"When we drove around the parking lot and I located it parked, I thought you know, I think this is the vehicle," she said. "I noticed the vehicle pull. I didn't know where he was going. For all I know he was using it as shortcut to get to the post office."

"That person did a wonderful thing by taking notice and calling it in. And I'm thoroughly grateful," said Langlois.

According to the complaint, Sanders admitted to police he had drank too much, but he denied he knew he had hit a person on the exit ramp.

"I had too many. I shouldn't probably have been in my truck. Half a dozen or so ... I don't know," he allegedly told the investigator.

KARE 11 called what appeared to be Sanders home phone number Friday night, but the woman who answered hung up. Attempts to contact someone with the Pine County judges office were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, DeGrote tells KARE 11 she is glad she was able to help.

"My condolences to the family. it must be very difficult for them, and I hope this will help them find some closure," she said.

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