11-year-old boy killed in ATV accident in Meeker County


GROVE CITY — An 11-year-old boy was killed in an ATV accident Monday afternoon in Meeker County.

The incident was reported at 4:13 p.m. on 580th Avenue —about a mile south of County Road 16 — in Harvey Township, east of Grove City.

According to a news release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Caleb Robert Karnitz, 11, of Hutchinson, was riding alone on an ATV when the vehicle apparently flipped, after taking a hard turn, and landed on top of him.

A call to 911 indicated the boy was trapped under the ATV and was not breathing. CPR was started prior to the arrival of emergency medical crews.

LifeLink III airlifted Karnitz to St. Cloud Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries, according to Sheriff Brian Cruze.


The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Mayo Ambulance and Litchfield Rescue all responded and attempted lifesaving efforts.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating; however, the incident appears to be an accident, according to Cruze.

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