Boy Ejected From Car, Killed

WASECA, Minn. (WCCO) — A boy was killed after he was thrown from a car involved in a crash in Waseca County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The crash happened along Highway 30 near New Richland on Tuesday. The State Patrol’s website says that it was a single car crash, but didn’t offer any other details beyond that.

The boy ejected during the crash was declared dead at the scene.

The State Patrol said the investigation is ongoing, and will release more details as they are available.

  • Sarah in Outstate MN

    This is horrible. Why wasn’t he wearing a seat belt?

    • Wondering

      How do you know he wasn’t?

      • Les Johnson

        If he was wearing a seat belt, and was ejected, then he was either too small to be wearing an adult’s seat belt, or he was in a car seat and it wasn’t secured properly.
        You’re right. It doesn’t say he wasn’t wearing one, but being ejected while wearing a seat belt is very, very rare I would have to imagine. I don’t know for sure.

      • CrashRecon

        Get real. Nobody…adult, kid, or otherwise, gets pitched out of a car if they’re properly restrained.

  • Momma of 2

    This is such a tragic, horrible thing to have happen. As a parent I can’t imagine the heartache and horrible pain the family is going through at this time. So very sad.

    Thoughts and prayers to the family of this little angel.

    • Les Johnson

      I agree.

      Do you know them?

  • Sam I Am.

    Proper use of a car or booster seat or seat belt use would have prevented this.

    People who are buckled up do not get ejected.

    • dman

      I agree… if you are belted PROPERLY u will not be ejected….

  • tim

    i heard he was wearing seat belt

  • red

    How sad- thoughts are with his family. Sounds like something wasn’t right with the seat belt situation.

  • Kurt

    Until more details are released, why did WCCO feel the need to publish this story? This type of sensationalistic journalism is what’s wrong with 24-hour new service. A story without all of the facts is released, leaving people to wonder the details. Who (we don’t know), What (some sort of accident), When (some time today maybe, not sure), Where (that we know), & How (unclear, taking the story from another website). Very poor (failing grade).

    • tim


  • JOE


  • The Rest of the Story

    Teenager killed after being ejected from car
    Published 1:30pm Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    Email Comments .
    .NEW RICHLAND — A 16-year-old boy was killed Tuesday after he was ejected from a car that went off the road about five miles west of New Richland.

    The teenager, Russell L. Witke, of New Richland, was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 30 near 80th Street in Waseca County.

    Authorities with the Minnesota State Patrol and the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating whether Witke was the driver or the passenger of the car, a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am.

    No other details about the crash, including what direction the car was traveling, were available as of Wednesday afternoon.

    Look to the Tribune for more information as it becomes available

  • The Rest of the Story

    Maybe WCCO should stop reporting on things they don’t know the details of….this was NOT a boy it was a teenager….a 16 year old to be exact.

    • Complete story still unreported

      So if he was 16 years old he should have known the merits of a seat belt. Natural selection? Maybe. But any death is sad. And could a teenager not be a boy? Nice reporting.

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