Reporting Kate Raddatz
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The loss of a 13-year-old boy killed in a crash in Cambridge is hitting home to many in the tightknit community.
“His absence will be felt for a long time,” said Melissa Carle, a family friend.
Colin Larson was riding his bike to a friend’s house Thursday afternoon when a Pontiac Grand Am, driven by a 16-year-old boy, hit him at the intersection of Hillary Circle and 329th Avenue, about a block away from his home.
Larson was one of four siblings. He was also a triplet.
“Our perfect family of two wonderful sons and two terrific daughters had been ripped apart,” said a statement from Larson’s family.
Like a lot of 13-year-olds, Larson loved to play sports. He was also involved at his church. First Baptist Church released a statement reading, in part: “We are heartbroken at the tragic news. He was a loved member of our youth group, full of life and energy.”
Friends of the family say their faith is getting them through this difficult time. They also said the family was praying for the 16-year-old driver, who is an area student.
“Every single person in this neighborhood is taking care of each other,” Carle said. “Their faith is what’s going to get them through this.”
The 16-year-old driver, who has not yet been identified, stayed at the scene after the crash and cooperated with authorities. Once the investigation into the crash was complete, the driver was released to his parents. No arrests or citations have been issued at this time.
The crash is still under investigation with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities are still working to speed or other factors had a part in the accident.
Larson’s family attended First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Minn. Larson was planning on attending a teen retreat at the church scheduled for Friday evening. That event has been cancelled.