On Saturday, March 26th, 2022, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a hit and run accident in the 100 block North Cedar Avenue, Graettinger. After an investigation into the accident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that on March 25th, 2022 at 10:17 pm, Juan Martinez (51) of Graettinger was operating a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and backing out of a parking spot at The Lodge in Graettinger. While backing, Martinez failed to see a property parked 2019 Nissan Rogue owned by Jennifer Schany (56) of Graettinger. There was an estimated $2,000 damage done to Schany’s vehicle and an estimated $500 to Martinez’s vehicle. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Juan Martinez for unsafe backing upon a highway, which is a simple misdemeanor.

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