Former Prior Lake man receives probation for fleeing crash that injured friend 14 Sep 11

A former Prior Lake man accused of leaving the scene of a crash he caused, and leaving behind his injured friend, has been sentenced to two years of probation.

48-year-old Steven Durland Shaver, now of Freeport, Florida, pleaded guilty on August 30 to felony criminal vehicular operation and fleeing the scene of a crash.

Shaver left the scene of a crash at Highway 13 and Duluth Avenue on March 18. He had been driving a pick-up truck and towing his friend, 47-year-old Jeffrey Fitzgerald, also of Prior Lake, on a non-operational motorcycle. Witnesses say Shaver took a corner too fast and Fitzgerald was thrown from the bike as the tow strap broke free.

Shaver stopped and looked at his friend but then fled the scene. A nationwide arrest warrant was issued for Shaver in late April, and he turned himself in to Scott County authorities in early July.