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Injured teen Landon Hochstetler
Injured teen Landon Hochstetler

Prayer service planned for Ogema, Minn., teen struck by car

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region Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A community prayer service is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. Sunday for an Ogema, Minn., teen seriously injured while inline skating.

The service for Landon Hochstetler will be at Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes.

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The Becker County Sheriff's Office said Hochstetler and his friend, Sherman Eberle, 16, of rural Ogema, were skating last Monday in the westbound lane of Becker County Road 34 in low light conditions.

A westbound car driven by 30-year-old Ross Thomas Dodd of Ogema struck Hochstetler, who suffered a broken left leg, cuts and bruising to the face arms and legs, a moderate cut to his arm, a damaged lung, possible blood in the brain, and a skull fracture.

According to a journal entry on the Caringbridge online site, Hochstetler is in stable condition, but is in a coma and is unresponsive, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn.

The county prosecutor is reviewing investigative reports for possible charges against Dodd, who doesn't have a valid driver's license. Dodd has an extensive criminal driving record, but speed and alcohol don't appear to be a factor in the accident, the sheriff's office said.

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