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Connor Hart Charged With Two Misdemeanors For Driving in Friend's "Skitching" Death

Gunnar Miller was killed after trying to skateboard while holding onto Hart's car last October

Gunnar Miller was killed after trying to skateboard while holding onto Hart's car last October

On Oct. 14 Connor Hart was at a stop sign in St. Paul near the intersection of Carroll Avenue and Prior Avenue, just down the street from Merriam Terrace Park.

His friend Gunnar Miller skateboarded up to the driver's side window and asked him if he could skitch, which is when a skateboarder or biker holds onto a car while it's moving to get some easy speed going.

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Hart, 23, said he was fine with that -- a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life and one authorities deemed criminal last week when he was charged with reckless and careless driving, both misdemeanors.

Miller held onto Hart's side mirror for "a short time," according to Paul Paulos with the St. Paul Police Department, and once he let go he crashed hard, slamming his head into the pavement. Miller, who was 19 at the time, died later that night.

"It had nothing to do with the car," Paulos told reporters at a press conference in October. "The car didn't run over him, it was purely an accident. He lost his balance or something in the roadway caused his fall."

Paulos added Hart was "very cooperative" at the scene and tests revealed Hart had no alcohol in his system.

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