Law enforcement, school district address impacts of car-bicycle crash that killed 13-year-old Cambridge boy—
Colin Nathaniel Larson, 13, an eighth grader at CMS, died when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old male Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17. It happened near the Cambridge airport, by the intersection of Hillary Circle and 329th Avenue in Cambridge Township.
Larson died at the scene, while the driver of the Pontiac Grand Am, from Cambridge, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
As of this time, no arrests or citations have been issued.
“Under state statute, we cannot release the name of the 16-year-old because the incident is under investigation,” Isanti County Chief Deputy Sheriff Chris Caulk said on Friday.
It was the start of MEA weekend, just before 3 p.m. when Larson was bicycling southbound on Hillary Circle to a neighbor’s home off 329th Avenue. The collision occurred as the car was westbound on 329th. There, an intersection is controlled by a stop sign for southbound traffic entering onto 329th Avenue from Hillary Circle, the sheriff’s office said by press release.
Following the crash, the driver of the car remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. He was later released to his parents.
“Our hearts go out to both families who are grieving, distraught over what happened,” Caulk said. “Even the first responders are certainly sad. It affects all of us because we’re all parents, we’re all neighbors. It especially hurts when children are involved.”
At Cambridge Middle School, grief counselors, local clergy and district personnel will be available to students on Monday and as needed. A letter also has been sent to all parents and staff as “an opportunity for them to discuss (the incident) with their children,” explained Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, director of finance for the school district. She spoke on behalf of Superintendent Ray Queener, who was out of the office on Friday.
Available, too, is a video of CMS principal Charlie Burroughs reading the letter on the school’s webpage as found on the district’s website. (Click here for that video). The letter and school website address how parents can help their children cope with the loss of a classmate.
“We have made a resource available on the CMS website on how to talk to your students about these difficult situations,” Burroughs read. “We know this is a difficult time in our school district family. We ask you to keep Colin Larson’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we work through this challenging situation.”
Funeral arrangements for Larson include a public visitation from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at First Baptist Church, 304 Main. St. S., in Cambridge. A public service of remembrance will be held the same day at 4 p.m., also at First Baptist.
The junior and senior high youth at First Baptist also will host a gathering at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
Memorials are preferred to Larson’s family. A Colin Larson Memorial Fund has been established at Minnco Credit Union, 235 West First Ave., in Cambridge.
The crash remains under investigation by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office and Isanti County Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the medical examiner’s office. Also involved is the Minnesota State Patrol, which is reconstructing the crash to determine speed and any other contributing factors. Voluntary blood draws were taken.
Assisting at the scene were Cambridge Police, Cambridge Fire, Isanti County Safety and Rescue and Allina Ambulance.