At age 24, Mollie Jean Mahowald of Lakeville had served her country in two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a vehicle mechanic with the 1135th Combat Support Company out of Faribault. She was working on being a veterinary technician. All of that came to an end when she died after she was struck by a motorcycle in Elko-New Market. And the driver of that motorcycle left the scene. He was arrested later on Sunday.

The criminal complaint states Matthew Hartley had a revoked license due to a DWI conviction this past July and another DWI charge pending. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $60,000 in fines connected to the most recent charges.

Mahowald's younger sister Julia arrived on the scene after her sister had died. She got to hold her hand.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30AM Friday, September 30, at The Church of St. Nicholas, 51 Church St., Elko-New Market. Visitation is 4-8PM Thursday, September 29, at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville, and also one hour before Mass at church. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. For information on the convoy they will be doing for her, click here.

Eugene Berman