UPDATE: Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run Out of Jail on House Arrest

A 36-year-old man pleaded not-guilty to three felony charges stemming from a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed an 84-year-old woman in front of her home on County Road TT a week ago. The suspect is now out of jail on bond.

UPDATE (7:40 p.m., Sept. 27, 2012): Robert C. Boles is out of jail. His father posted the $5,000 bond on Thursday, Sept. 27, and agreed to the conditions set in court. The next court appearance is set for Nov. 2.


5:26 p.m., Sept. 26, 2012): Robert C. Boles appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court Wednesday for his initial appearance and arraignment after being charged with three felonies stemming from a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed an elderly woman east of Roberts a week ago.

Lucille M. Hansen, 84, was run down and killed in front of her home on County Road TT on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Boles was arrested minutes later while on St. Croix Street in Hudson after being seen driving a silver Ford Taurus with significant damage to the hood and windshield.

Boles, 36, pleaded not-guilty on Wednesday to the three felony charges:

  • 940.10(1): Homicide by Negligent Operation/Vehicle, Felony G
  • 346.67(1): Hit and Run-Involve Death, Felony D
  • 343.44(1)(b): Knowingly Operating While Revoked (Cause Death), Felony H

Though Boles was still in jail as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, his initial cash bond of $10,000 was reduced to $5,000 with the following terms:

  • Absolute sobriety: Zero alcohol, zero controlled substances, zero prescribed medications (except as taken and prescribed for you by a physician) in your system, on your person, or in your possession at all times while this case is ongoing. This prohibition includes drug paraphernalia.
  • Not to operate a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license. 
  • Robert Boles under house arrest.
  • He must be with one of his parents at all times. 
  • Defendant may go to work [in Baldwin].
  • Defendant not allowed on [County Road] TT; use alternative routes. 
  • Follow rules set forth by parents.
  • Baseline [urinalysis] given to defendant before release.

[The defendant's parents] guarantee compliance with the terms of this bond by pledging $15,000.00 and understands that if the defendant does not comply with the terms of this bond, the bond will be forfeited and the defendant and/or [the parents] may be ordered to pay the amount of the bond.

Boles' next court appearance is a pretrial conference scheduled for Nov. 2. 


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Micheal Foley September 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Before anyone comments on this post, I just want to remind people that Americans are innocent until proven guilty in court.
travis johnston September 26, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Bla bla he was seen leaving the seen and if he did do it MAN UP take responsibility for your actions!
D Paul Rode September 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Not Guilty? Seems legit... (enter sarcasm font)
MH September 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
that was quite the windshield imagine the speed you would have to hit a deer to cause that. poor woman RIP
LolaBel September 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Well said Pauly - I don't even have the words for this one. Unreal!
TK September 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Pleading not guilty doesn't actually mean that you're saying you didn't do it. It is just part of the process of going through the criminal court system. For now, each hearing that he has to go to he will probably plead "Not Guilty" and then when he gets to the end of the road (i.e. trial/sentencing) he will at that point plead "Guilty"
sam September 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
of course he is going to plead not guilty. When you buy a car you don't just show up and say I'll pay whatever you're asking for that one. You haggle, you get a better deal. That's what a not guilty plea is going to get this guy. And for those of you that say if you were in this position, you would just man up and take your punishment, you'll never know until you are actually in that position...
All right September 27, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Yeah, it's exactly like buying a car........................ I'm sure the victim's family can appreciate that analogy.
sam September 27, 2012 at 05:54 PM
@ All Right, you know what my point is. Your feeble attempt to paint me as a terrible person and that I should be hated by the victim's family is ridiculous. My argument is about his plea as is this article. NOT about what happened. All my sympathy goes out to the family. I just take issue with people for having a fit for pleading not guilty. But hey, I'm sure whenever you do something wrong you never try to plead your case. Give me a break.
Micheal Foley September 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I just published an update. Boles has posted bond and is out of jail in the custody of his parents who live in Hudson.
mary jo ames September 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
My prayers go to the family of a lost mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt. May their hearts be lifted in this time of sadness. Also prayers go to lift the soul that hit her, it must be very heavy right now. It would be very hard for me to .... ugh so sad.
Valley Volunteer September 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I think we all need to remember that this was an accident. My heart goes out to both families. I also think we would be wise to think before we make sarcastic comments. The suspect's family lives in Hudson and I know for a fact that they have supported Agave and Idaho Chucks for years! Paul - you are friends with them on facebook and if you don't know who I am talking about, shame on you Paul.
MH September 28, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I know their landlord and I know he wouldnt be ok with that!
JL September 28, 2012 at 06:41 PM
My Prayers are on going for the families involved in this accident. I know that hearts are heavy on both sides. Losing a loved one and possible conviction of a loved one are not easy things. I pray for healing and understanding. May all involved find peace.
Reef September 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Amazing that let this guy out for only $5,000. That is the same bond I had to post to get out for driving w/o a license, no insurance (pulled over by plate check, no driving mistakes). It just goes to show that the cops are only concerned with rich peoples' property, not public safety. Me shorting insurance companies from their profits makes me as dangerous as a hit and run killer I guess.
sam September 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
@ Reef. The police don't set the bond amount. The judge does. And he is using guidelines.


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