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Trial Set To Begin For Man Accused of Hit-and-Run

By Corey Allen-Young, Education Reporter, cyoung@ktuu.com
Published On: Apr 07 2014 04:24:28 PM AKDT
Updated On: Apr 07 2014 09:43:23 PM AKDT

Anchorage police say Luke Micah Jerde fled after driving a car into Zachary Mohs at the intersection of Arctic Boulevard and Tudor Road on Sept. 20, 2012.

ANCHORAGE -

What's at stake for jurors in the case of Luke Micah Jerde is whether or not he is guilty of reckless driving, failure to render aid, and assault.

With jury selection wrapped up, it's now up to the state to prove that on Sept. 20, 2012, Jerde hit Zachary Mohs as he was crossing Arctic Boulevard near its intersection of Tudor Road with a red 1984 Pontiac Fiero and then drove away. 

Mohs suffered head injuries and had to have part of his leg amputated as a result. 

Police were able to find the Fiero in a wooded area two days later and arrested Jerde, saying he was the suspected hit-and-run driver -- but the jury will make the final call.

In Superior Court, Judge Jack Smith reminded the jurors about the oath they took. 

"People who are going to be on panel are going to have to stand up and raise their right hand, and swear they are going to decide this case only on the evidence presented in court," Smith said.

Jerde was also charged with driving without insurance and tampering with physical evidence.

If Jerde is found guilty of first-degree assault, he could serve seven to 11 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty on all charges.