Police say a pickup truck driver who accidentally struck a 4-year-old boy who had dashed into the street yesterday was beaten by bystanders in southeast Minnesota. The child and the driver were taken to a hospital in Winona, about 110 miles southeast of Minneapolis, to be treated for their injuries. Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams tells KAGE that when the man got out of his vehicle to check on the child, bystanders started kicking and punching him. Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack tells the AP that two or three people attacked the man.
Police say the 18-year-old driver sustained scrapes and a chipped tooth and was released from the hospital. Authorities don't know if the boy also has been released but said his injuries don't appear life-threatening. (Read more car accident stories.)