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Seven-year-old injured Monday in hit and run in Willmar

A child was transported to Carris Health Hospital in Willmar for non-life-threatening injuries after a hit and run. The driver later located by police said that he had fallen asleep and believed he had hit something but did not remain at the scene or notify police, according to the Willmar Police Department. He was arrested for leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and reckless driving.

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WILLMAR — A 7-year-old boy from Willmar was injured after a driver hit him around 6:21 p.m. Monday while the child was riding bike in the area of 15th Street Southeast and Dana Drive, according to the Willmar Police Department.

According to police, officers responded to a call of a hit and run involving a pedestrian. They arrived to find CentraCare Emergency Medical Services, along with bystanders, attending to a child who had been hit by a car that later drove off.

A bicycle was located in the area, and witnesses said the vehicle had briefly stopped before leaving and were able to provide a license plate number on the vehicle.

The child was transported to Carris Hospital in Willmar for non-life-threatening injuries. His current medical status is unknown.

Willmar police located the vehicle, a 2015 Chrysler four-door, on the 1800 block of 13th Street Southeast.

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A 49-year-old Willmar man identified as the driver said that he had fallen asleep and believed he had hit something but did not remain at the scene or notify police, according to the department.

The man was arrested for leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and reckless driving.

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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