A man accused in a hit-and-run accident in Cedar Rapids that resulted in the death of his 30-year-old passenger Sunday was formally charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide and other charges in Linn County District Court.
Jeremy D. Rud, 31, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving with a suspended license. A judge set his bond at $100,000 cash or surety.
Rud is accused of driving a sport-utility vehicle in a reckless manner at the intersection of 16th Avenue and 11th Street SW, and unintentionally causing the death of his passenger, Jenniffer Hopkins, who was ejected from the vehicle as it collided with another car about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a criminal complaint. Hopkins died at the scene.
According to the complaint, Rud sped through two stop signs and pulled in front of a car driven by Mark McDowell. Witnesses told police Rud left the scene of the crash, which also caused minor injuries to four children in the McDowell vehicle. Rud was later arrested by police after being discharged from a hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Rud has previous convictions for three operating while intoxicated charges, fourth-degree theft and eluding, according to courts online.
Hopkins’ mother, Sandy Maish of Cedar Rapids, said Rud and her daughter were friends and he was giving her a ride home on Sunday. Maish said her daughter “was just two and a half blocks from home when the accident happened.” She added that Rud “…was also blocks from his home.”
Maish said her daughter was aware of Rud’s driving record and drunk driving arrests, but she had no other comment about him leaving the scene of the accident.