MOORHEAD -- Police said a young child died from injuries suffered in a four-vehicle crash here, and they are seeking to identify additional witnesses who can describe what they saw.
Moorhead Police Capt. Tory Jacobson said speed was “definitely a contributing factor” in the crash, which started with a pickup rear-ending another vehicle, and the investigation will look at secondary factors, including possible distractions.
Jacobson said authorities seized the cellphone of the male driver of the pickup, but do not know yet whether cellphone use was a factor.
The crash happened at the intersection of 34th St. and Highway 10 in Moorhead, just after noon on Saturday, Jan. 6.
The full-size Ford F-150 pickup rear-ended a vehicle with two adults and the child inside. Both vehicles were in the left-turn lane for 34th Street on eastbound Highway 10 and continued east, striking two more cars.
Jacobson said the 2-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by FM Ambulance to Sanford Medical Center, where he died.
Names are being withheld pending notification of family members.
The driver and lone occupant of the pickup was not injured.
Moorhead Police requested the Minnesota State Patrol conduct an accident reconstruction investigation.
The pickup driver has cooperated with police and did not show signs of physical impairment through field sobriety testing, Jacobson said. The man is not in custody at this time.
Criminal charges are expected to be requested through the Clay County Attorney's Office once the investigation is finished, he said.
Moorhead Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660 and ask to speak with the on-duty Moorhead Police Supervisor.