(KMSP) - A Minnesota man was charged with attempted murder Wednesday for allegedly striking an 18-year-old motorcyclist in a late-night hit and run near Credit River Township last month.
A letter, reportedly written by 45-year-old Timothy Biby and provided to police by his ex-wife, said the reason he hit the teenager was because he knew the woman's new boyfriend drove a motorcycle and got angry when he saw the man riding near her home.
"I saw a guy leave on a bike and I lost it… Anyway, I hit him with my car," he wrote. "Turns out he was a high school kid. I hurt an innocent kid. I can't live like this."
Biby later admitted to police he had written the letter.
The biker, Grant Skluzacek, was riding on 185th Street when he said a car pulled behind him and followed for some time. The incident ended around Hobby Hills Trail when Skluzacek said the driver accelerated rapidly, seemingly on purpose, to strike him from behind. He suffered a fractured wrist and and extensive cuts and bruises from sliding on the road for some distance.
A plastic piece of the car's bumper ultimately led authorities to Biby, who told police he had bought the car roughly four or five days before the hit-and-run incident.
If convicted, Biby faces up to 20 years in prison.
SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFF'S STATEMENT
In a statement, County Sheriff Luke Hennen said:
This appalling and pointless crime occurred in the wake of what appears to be a long history of domestic violence, and it unfortunately emphasizes why the Scott County Sheriff’s Office takes every and all instances of domestic violence so seriously. The victim in this case was a complete stranger who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time – further illustrating how domestic violence can not only be compulsive and habitual, but prone to erratic and unpredictable escalation. By this arrest, we’re trying to make it as clear as possible: We will use every device, method, or tactic available to us through the criminal justice system to protect everyone and anyone from domestic violence.