Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

19-month-old boy dies after car crash

The boy died "in his mother's arms" early Monday.

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.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions

The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

snow, blowing snow

Winter storm warnings issued with heavy snow set to slam MN

Parts of northern Minnesota could see more than a foot of snow, but there won't be much in the Twin Cities.

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

Related

ambulance

11-week-old boy dies days after being injured in car crash near Brainerd

The crash happened the evening of Aug. 13 in Bay Lake Township.

Update: 7-month-old boy is found safe after Amber Alert

The suspect reportedly dragged the child's mother out of the car then drove off.

1-year-old, 2 adults killed in head-on crash after driver tries to pass car on 2-lane road

The driver was trying to pass another car on a rural two-lane highway.

Woman dies after a crash on an icy, snowy road

Heavy, wet snow fell across western and central Minnesota – making driving dangerous.

Authorities: Car slams through house wall, suspect blames it on nonexistent driver

The vehicle broke through the concrete brick wall and threw the bed across the room.