Police: Driver beaten after striking child in Minnesota

Winona, Minn. — Police say a pickup truck driver who accidentally struck a 4-year-old boy who had dashed into the street was beaten by bystanders in southeast Minnesota.

The child and the driver were taken to a hospital in Winona to be treated for their injuries Monday.

Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams told KAGE that when the man got out of his vehicle to check on the child, bystanders started kicking and punching him. Police said Tuesday afternoon that anywhere between three and 10 people attacked the man.

Williams says the 18-year-old driver sustained scrapes, contusions and a chipped tooth. He was treated and released from the hospital. Authorities don’t know if the boy also has been released but said his injuries don’t appear life-threatening.

Winona is about 110 miles southeast of Minneapolis.