Woman accused in fatal hit-and-run now facing manslaughter charges

Published: Sep. 11, 2018 at 12:03 PM CDT
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A Sioux Falls woman accused in a fatal hit-and-run over the weekend is now facing manslaughter charges.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said 43-year-old Jayme Kae Knudson has been charged with three counts of first degree manslaughter along with hit-and-run.

Officers were called to 15th Street and Charlotte Avenue just after 9 p.m. Saturday. A woman drove by the area and saw a man lying in the road unconscious.

Earlier that night, 46-year-old Erik Ray Lunstra of Sioux Falls and Knudson got into an argument about their relationship.

Clemens said the woman went to leave, and Lunstra stood in front of her vehicle. When Knudson drove off, he jumped on the hood. After she turned, Lunstra rolled off the vehicle and hit his head on the ground.

Knudson did not stop to help her boyfriend or call police, Clemens said.

He was transported to the hospital with a life-threatening brain bleed and died Monday morning.

Lunstra's family originally did not want his name released, but they had "a change of heart" late Monday night, Clemens said.