Man throws rake at Jeep, paralyzing teen passenger

AURORA - An Aurora man was convicted of felony criminal mischief and three counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment Tuesday for throwing a rake at a Jeep for speeding.

Kenneth Duane Schlager, 61, was raking leaves in his front yard at 2241 Fulton Street in Aurora when he yelled at a Jeep to slow down.

Twenty-year-old Marcus Segura was driving the Jeep and his sister Alexandra Galvan, 16, was a passenger.

After Schlager yelled, Segura turned around and drove back to Schlager to confront him. 

Schlager then allegedly stood in the street with his rake. The Jeep swerved to avoid him and, according to witnesses, Schlager swung the rake "like a baseball bat," letting it go before it hit the Jeep and shattered the windshield.

The Jeep crashed, paralyzing Galvan.

After the wreck, Schlager got another rake and continued with his chores, Deputy District Attorney Rayna Gokli said in Adams County District Court.

"He didn't call 911 or offer to help. He had no regard for the violence and destruction he left around him," Gokli said.

The speed limit on the street is 25 mph. Police say the Jeep was traveling at 36 mph before the crash.

Schlager will be sentenced on Jan. 5.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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