19-month-old boy dies after car crash

The boy died "in his mother's arms" early Monday.
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A young family is mourning the loss of a 19-month-old killed in a crash in central Minnesota over the weekend.

Colton Joseph Walz died early Monday, less than 48 hours after the van he was in was hit by a tractor truck.

It happened at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The van was heading north on County Road 71, crossing Highway 23 at Wakefield Township, when it was struck by a tractor truck heading east, the State Patrol said.

The boy was taken to the hospital. He died at Hennepin County Medical Center at around 3 a.m. Monday "in his mother's arms," a GoFundMe says. He'd suffered serious head and neck injuries, the medical examiner ruled.

The driver in the van had non-life threatening injuries. A 3-year-old girl in the van wasn't injured, nor was the driver of the tractor truck.

A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for Walz's family. It's raised more than $3,000 of a $10,000 goal in the 17 hours it has been active.

A deadly weekend on the roads

Walz's death was one of five fatalities on Minnesota roads since Saturday.

The others included the death of a 7-year-old Hibbing girl, who was in a vehicle hit by a suspected drunken driver.

With the dangerous weekend, road fatalities for the year surpassed 100 – we're at 104 for 2017, which is fewer than the number of deaths this same time last year, Minnesota's Toward Zero Deaths website says.

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