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Son, mother charged in fatal hit-and-run of bicyclist

Dustin Hegner Royce (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Department)1 / 2
Abbey Hegner Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Department2 / 2

ST. PAUL -- A day or two after a bicyclist was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident in St. Paul in November, authorities say Dustin Hegner Royce showed up to his landscaping job with damage to the front end of his mom’s Hyundai Santa Fe.

His boss told police that Hegner Royce had the midsized SUV parked on the side of the property so the damage couldn’t be easily seen. The 28-year-old said he struck a deer, according to authorities.

Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was gone, Hegner Royce’s boss told police.

While investigators continue to search for the vehicle, they are no longer looking for the people they believe are to blame for a fatal hit-and-run that left Jose Hernandez Solano lying motionless on the street in St. Paul.

Authorities on Friday charged Hegner Royce and his mother, Abbey Hegner, for their respective roles in the deadly collision, according to criminal complaints filed against them in Ramsey County District Court.

Hegner Royce faces two counts of criminal vehicular homicide for allegedly driving the car that struck 52-year-old Hernandez Solano as he biked home from his job at Brasa Rotisserie on Nov. 26.

Hegner, 47, faces two counts of aiding an offender for allegedly helping her son cover up the crime, authorities say.

The two were arrested and questioned in connection with the case in December but were released without being charged. They were arrested again Friday morning.

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