Man arrested in connection with fatal crash

Published 9:35 am Monday, April 18, 2016


HOLLANDALE — An Austin man was arrested Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash on Saturday east of Hollandale.

Nathan Paul Brooks, 26, reportedly turned himself in at 4:30 p.m. at the Freeborn County Law Enforcement Center after fleeing the scene the night before.

Nathan Paul Brooks

Nathan Paul Brooks

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Brooks is expected to be charged on Tuesday in the crash that killed Alex Dylan Tapp, 30, of Austin. Police are recommending charges of criminal vehicular homicide.

Tapp reportedly died from head and body trauma, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to 23595 890th Ave., two miles west of the Mower County line, shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday on a report of a man who had been struck by a vehicle.

According to a news release, Tapp was struck by a 2000 Chevy Suburban that was driving through a pasture behind the residence. Tapp was reportedly attending a social gathering at the pasture with about eight other people.

Witnesses and deputies tried administering CPR before Tapp was pronounced dead.

Tapp was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The crash is under investigation.

Assisting agencies included Mower County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Police Department, Hollandale first responders, Austin and Albert Lea Gold Cross ambulances and the Minnesota State Patrol.

More information is expected to be released by Tuesday. Look to the Tribune for more information as it becomes available.

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