[Update] Seven Year Old Dies after Truck Collision
A spokesperson with the Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul reports that Cody Ward, 7, of Rural St. Croix Falls died Wednesday afternoon as a result of complications after he was hit by a truck Friday, October 3. Ward was hit by a truck while trying to cross the street at West Main Street in the Village of Balsam Lake.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department says traffic was moderately heavy when the incident occurred. Ward was previously listed in serious condition, then downgraded to “Critical” early this week.
Polk County Lieutenant Steve Smith says charges will not be filed against the driver of the truck, Cody Turnquist,18. Smith says Turnquist is also a “victim” in the tragic accident.