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CROSSLAKE, Minn. (AP) – Police have identified the Crosslake woman who died last week as she tried to stop a rolling pickup truck that her 2-year-old nephew was in.

Police Chief Bob Hartman says she was 31-year-old Suzy Baratto. He said Sunday that preliminary autopsy results show she died from head trauma.

Authorities say the boy was playing inside the pickup Thursday evening when the truck began rolling backward down a hill. Hartman says Baratto jumped on the truck’s running board and was reaching inside to put it in park when the vehicle sideswiped a large tree.

She got caught between the truck and the tree. A witness and emergency responders performed CPR but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Brainerd Daily Dispatch report says the toddler wasn’t hurt.

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