A Lino Lakes family has been rocked after a head-on crash left two young children with serious injuries – one of them on life-support.
The Pujari family was in a Toyota Camry on their way home from shopping on Saturday when a Dodge Ram coming the other direction in Coon Rapids skidded, crossed the median, and hit their car head-on.
The driver, a 54-year-old man from Blaine, is being held on suspicion of DUI and criminal vehicular operation in connection with the crash, which has left at least one of the children in the Camry fighting for their life.
Suresh Pujari and Mamata Patil, both 37, were treated for injuries in a hospital, with Patil's injuries serious, but it is their children who suffered the worst injuries.
Their 2-year-old son, Guatam Pujari, was on life support as of late Sunday following the crash, according to a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $38,000 as of Tuesday.
Their 5-year-old daughter, Sinchana Pujari, also suffered serious injuries, though she is said to be in a stable condition.
"As the family is preparing themselves to cope up [sic] with this tragedy and the difficult situation they are in, this fund is to provide them the support that they would need from all of us," the GoFundMe said.
"His friends, running this campaign, hope to come together to show their support and love through this. Any financial support provided will be going towards supporting the family for all the expenses moving forward. May God give the family strength as they go through this painful situation."
The Pioneer Press reports that the driver of another vehicle that was struck in the crash, 29-year-old Mitch Heidmann, helped resuscitate Guatam Pujari at the scene, with the boy initially having stopped breathing after the collision.