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Driver located in apparent hit-and-run crash that injured teen bicyclist in Cottage Grove

A boy's mangled bike is at the scene of a bike-car crash Tuesday afternoon in Cottage Grove. The boy was transported to an area hospital with injuries. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)1 / 3
Paramedics treat a boy who was hit by a car Tuesday while riding a bike on Hinton Avenue at 79th Street in Cottage Grove. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)2 / 3
Cottage Grove paramedics load a 14-year-old boy into an ambulance after he was hit by a vehicle while on his bike trying to cross Hinton Avenue Tuesday afternoon. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)3 / 3

Cottage Grove police say they located the driver who was involved in an apparent hit-and-run crash Tuesday that injured a boy on a bicycle.

The man, who lives near the crash scene, was expected to be arrested and charged, according to police. Details about the driver were not released because the incident was still under investigation.

Police were called shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday to Hinton Avenue and 79th Street on a report of a teen who was struck while riding a bicycle.

The 14-year-old boy was attempting to cross from the east side of Hinton Avenue near Crestview Elementary School to the west side of the road when a sport utility vehicle struck him, police said. The vehicle dragged the boy and his bike roughly 80 feet.

The male driver stopped, exited his vehicle and yelled at a group of kids near the victim before driving away, police Capt. Pete Koerner said. Children at the scene described the driver as an older, white male.

Witnesses said the vehicle appeared to turn into a neighborhood along Hinton Avenue between 70th and 80th street. The man was found later at his home.

The boy was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was conscious and alert as paramedics treated him at the scene for an obvious leg injury. His condition was not immediately available Wednesday.

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Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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