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Minnesotans rally to raise money for family of teen fatally struck by driver in Blaine

The 16-year-old was riding his bike when he was hit Friday evening.

The boy who was fatally struck by a motorist while he was riding his bike Friday evening has been identified in an online fundraiser as 16-year-old Tony Janisch. 

The fundraiser, launched Saturday, has already raised more than $36,000, explaining that the teenager's mother is a hair stylist and out of work due to the mandatory closure of all Minnesota hair salons amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, while his father's income has been cut in half due to forced restaurant closures. 

"While we can do nothing to mitigate the painful loss of their precious son, Tony, we can relieve some of the financial burden of a funeral and job loss, allowing them to mourn together and find solace and healing," the GoFundMe organizers said. 

Click here to donate to the family

Janisch was riding his bicycle with his younger brother and a friend around 6:30 p.m. Friday when he was fatally struck by a 28-year-old Blaine man, who has since been booked in to the Anoka County Jail on a pending charge of criminal vehicular homicide. 

According to the Star Tribune, the Blaine man's criminal history includes numerous driving-related convictions, in addition to weapons violations, auto theft, and domestic assault. 

The man's brother is currently serving a prison sentence for fatally striking a man in Blaine while driving drunk, the newspaper reports. 

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