Police: Group of men assaulted motorist who struck 4-year-old child

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A motorist says he was assaulted by a group of bystanders after he hit a child in the street, and now Winona police are investigating.

The 18-year-old driver from Altura struck the 4-year-old boy Monday around 5 p.m., as the boy was trying to cross the street near the Maplewood Townhomes, Winona police said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

The driver immediately stopped his vehicle to make sure the child was OK, Winona Radio says.

That's when a group of men pushed the driver, punched him and kicked him, according to the police release. Witnesses reported three to 10 people were involved in the incident.

Police at the scene interviewed witnesses and "attempted to calm concerned and angry residents," the Winona Daily News reports.

Both the child and the driver were transported to Winona Health for treatment. The driver, who had a chipped tooth and abrasions, was treated and released. It's unknown if the child, who didn't appear to have any life-threatening injuries, has been released from the hospital, police said.

Authorities are not releasing the name of the driver because he was the victim of assault and they are attempting to avoid further retaliation, the release notes.

Investigations into the accident and assault remain open, the release says.

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