A pickup truck that might have been the vehicle that struck a nine-year-old boy riding his bicycle in the area of 111th Avenue and Kumquat Street N.W., Coon Rapids, the evening of June 13 has been impounded and is being processed by investigators.
The victim, Amir Kahron Taylor of south Minneapolis, remains hospitalized at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale.
“We are told he is breathing on his own, yet remains sedated,” said Cmdr. Paul Sommer, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sommer, detectives from the Coon Rapids Police Department and the sheriff’s office, following up a number of leads generated after the media presented pleas for public assistance in locating the truck, went to a body shop in downtown Minneapolis June 15.
A customer had brought in to the body shop a 1996 Chevy Z-71 glossy black pickup truck, which was similar to the description given by witnesses of the vehicle involved in the incident, and requested that specific areas be repaired, Sommer stated in a press release this afternoon (Monday, June 18).
Detectives impound the truck and served a search warrant on the registered owner, he said.
The Anoka County crime scene unit has been processing the truck and a number of items were seized from the registered owner’s home, according to Sommer.
“Forensic examination of certain items will take place, but the results of those tests will take a number of weeks, at best, and will most likely take several months for all the results to be finalized,” Sommer said.
“At this point, we can’t conclusively say that any evidence exists that confirms the vehicle in our possession is the vehicle involved in the hit and run accident.”
“It is too early in the forensic process for any results to be confirmed.”
Indeed, the registered owner of the truck has denied any involvement in the incident, according to Sommer.
Taylor, who was visiting a resident in the neighborhood June 13, was riding a bike alone westbound on 111th Avenue toward Moor Park just after 7 p.m.
He was struck at the 111th Avenue intersection with Kumquat Street by a pickup truck that was southbound on Kumquat.
Taylor, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered multiple injuries, according to Capt. John Hattstrom, Coon Rapids Police.
The intersection, which is in a heavily residential area, does not have any stop signs, Hattstrom said.
According to Hattstrom, the driver of the truck did not stop and continued southbound on Kumquat.
Witnesses told police that the truck had driver’s side damage and the side mirror was dangling after the crash, Sommer said.
The driver was described as a white male in his late 20s to early 30s with short blonde hair and a “scraggly” unshaven face. He was not wearing glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 763-421-4760.
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