Juvenile bicyclist seriously injured in apparent hit-and-run

The Bemidji Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating the vehicle that apparently fled the scene of a serious bicycle crash early this morning.

First responders arrived at the 2000 block of Park Ave. NW around 2 a.m. and found a 17-year-old male who was apparently struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Park Ave. NW.

The teen said he was struck from behind by a full-size, dark-colored SUV, similar to a Chevy Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade.

The teen was ultimately transferred from Bemidji Medical Center to a trauma center in Fargo for further evaluation.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Bemidji Police Department at (218)333-9111.

Citizens can also provide anonymous tips through CrimeStoppers MN to possibly qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

The Bemidji Fire Department and Bemidji Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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