Ogema teen struck while rollerblading in Becker County
An Ogema teen was struck by a car Monday night while rollerblading on County Highway 34 near Strawberry Lake.
Authorities have not identified the boy, but friends and family say 16-year-old Landon Hochstetler was rollerblading home with a friend when he was hit by a car.
According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened shortly after 8 p.m., one-fourth of a mile west of the County Road 143 intersection, near Strawberry Lake.
Authorities learned that two 16-year-old rural Ogema males were rollerblading on the highway in the westbound lane when a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old rural Ogema man, also westbound, struck Hochstetler.
The vehicle ended up in the westbound ditch when attempting to miss the teen.
Hochstetler was treated by White Earth ambulance personnel and transported by Detroit Lakes EMS then airlifted from Detroit Lakes to a Fargo hospital. His injuries are considered "extremely serious," the sheriff's office reported.
A Caring Bridge website for Hochstetler says, "due to concerns about brain trauma, he was life-flighted to the ICU North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis."
The website also reports that he's now in stable condition despite being unconscious. The family is waiting for additional updates from his doctors.
Multiple factors appear to be the cause of the accident including low light, darker clothing worn by the individuals and location of their activity on the roadway, according to the sheriff's office.
Speed and alcohol do not appear to be a factor, however, the 30-year-old driver did not have a valid driver license.
The accident is still under investigation and possible criminal charges will be reviewed by the Becker County Attorney, the sheriff's office reported.