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Pedestrian struck by pickup, driver faces charge

LITCHFIELD — A 32-year-old Cosmos man is facing a charge of criminal vehicular operation – causing great bodily harm for allegedly striking a man with his pickup around 5:12 a.m. Sunday. The victim had been in an argument at a residence and had left on foot, according to information in a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin.

Justin Helmbrecht was booked on the charge and released from the Meeker County Jail on Sunday, Norlin reported.

William Workman, 24, of Howard Lake, was transported by ambulance to Hutchinson Hospital for treatment of unknown trauma to the upper body.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Cosmos Ambulance and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the incident at 13690 515th Ave., Cosmos.

Workman was there visiting at the residence of Helmbrecht. Workman got into an argument with another person and left on foot.

Helmbrecht then left to give another person a ride home. He was driving a 1999 GMC pickup truck south on 515th Avenue about 100 feet from the driveway of the residence when he saw something black in the middle of the road. He stopped as quickly as he could, according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, but struck and severely injured Workman.

The matter is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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