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Crookston 10-year-old fighting for life in Fargo after being dragged by semi

Kaylee Acevedo, 10, was on her bicycle on the sidewalk in downtown Crookston when a semi entered the sidewalk during a turn Monday evening. Acevedo became entangled in the semi's back tires and was dragged a block and a half, according to police.

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Kaylee Acevedo, 10, is in the hospital after being struck on her bicycle by a semi in Crookston on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. // Contributed photo.

A 10-year-old Crookston girl is in the ICU with life-threatening injuries after being dragged more than a block by a semi in downtown Crookston Monday evening, Oct. 4.

Kaylee Acevedo was on her bicycle on the sidewalk when she was struck by the semi, Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow told the Herald. The semi was traveling westbound on Highway 2 at about 5:30 p.m. when it attempted to turn onto North Broadway. When the back of the truck entered the sidewalk during the turn, Acevedo became entangled in its back tires, according to police. She was dragged about a block and a half, according to Crookston Police.

Acevedo was taken to RiverView Health in Crookston, and was later air lifted to Sanford in Fargo.

Acevedo's mother told WDAY that the 10-year-old's leg had to be amputated, and she remains in the ICU, but responded to her mother by opening her eyes and squeezing her hand.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the semi, who has been identified as 73-year-old Duane Otto Schouveiller of Mahnomen, Minn.

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Grabow emphasized that the crash remains under investigation, and information about the accident remains limited. According to a preliminary report, alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash.

"Everybody needs to do their part to share the roadways, and always try to do our best to be alert for any possible dangerous situations out there," he said.

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