Car Accident In Thief River Falls – Pedestrian Killed


Valley News reported today this tragic story about a 7-year old boy struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing a highway. The child was just trying to get on a school bus near Thief River Falls when he was hit by the car.

The victim was a second grader at Challenger Elementary School in Thief River Falls MN.  It happened on Highway 59, seven miles south of Thief River Falls. The school bus was just rolling to a stop. When the child ran across the road over to the school bus, he was hit by a van going northbound. The bus actually stops right in front of the child’s house, but for some reason the child had gone across the street and had to run back to the bus.

Child Hit at Bus Stop Thief River Falls
Child Hit at Bus Stop Thief River Falls

The Minnesota State Patrol is still investigating this tragic car accident. Meanwhile, the child’s family, teachers and friends at Challenger Elementary School have to deal with the tragic loss of a bright 7-year old boy.  The Patrol says it’s not known yet whether the bus’s stop arm and flashing lights were on when the child was hit by the car.  No charges have been filed at this time. The Department of Public Transportation has good information on bus stop safety.

At the Rochlin Law Firm, our auto accident lawyers have 25 years’ experience representing the families of children killed in a MN car accident.  (Pam Rochlin, formerly Pam Finney, grew up with her family in Thief River Falls.) We understand the enormous loss, and we work to get the family appropriate compensation and some level of peace. If your family has suffered this type of tragedy, please call us and speak with an auto accident lawyer for a free consultation.  We will explain the legal process for this type of claim and make sure your rights are protected. When we meet, an attorney will come to you in Thief River Falls or anywhere in Minnesota.