MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 5-year-old Wisconsin boy is dead in what investigators are calling a tragic accident.

Rodney Blodgett of Wilson, Wis. was run over by a neighbor’s pick-up truck just after 7:30 o’clock Thursday night.

“He was real nice. Smart, little kid, learned to ride a two-wheeler when he was three,” said Terry Thorsen, Blodgett’s grandfather.

For his parents, his older brother, sisters and his grandfather, the 5-year-old who liked to jump on the trampoline and ride his bike was one of a kind.

“He was just kind of easy going. He wanted to know what you were doing. He always wanted to help you. He was picking cucumbers yesterday before this happened. We are just really sad,” said Thorsen.

Thorsen said his grandson had made strides over these past few weeks. Blodgett turned five on Aug. 1, and a week ago he started swimming.

On Thursday night, however, Blodgett and other kids were playing on a neighbor’s driveway and, in an instant, a fun night turned deadly.

“He slipped, slid down the hill. The kid was moving the truck. He didn’t see him and ran over him,” said Thorsen.

Investigators said 18-year-old Trygve Turner, a friend of Blodgett’s older brother, was moving the truck closer to the garage when he ran over Blodgett.

“He was shook up, but he was cooperating at the scene,” Klatt said, when asked about Turner.

First responders performed CPR on Blodgett and he was transported to the Baldwin Area Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

What exactly happened remains under investigation, but Captain Jeff Klatt of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department said alcohol was likely not a factor and it appears to be a tragic accident.

Comments (11)
  1. Judy says:

    Very tragic. I cant imagine how distraught this family is, nor the feelings of the teen that was behind the wheel. My sincerest condolences to the family, with prayers for the teen. Little kids require constant watching as one never knows what theyll do next. This tragedy could happen to any one of us.

  2. Sarah says:

    Why is it that when something tragic like this happens someone has to remind everyone that children need “constant watching”. Yes, we as a society are aware of that. Well Judy, if you can honestly say that you have had your eyes on your children non-stop every second of every day, then please feel free to lecture the rest of us. I will be waiting…..

    1. Mike says:

      Funny how your always showing up on other crime related stories thumping your big white chest against anyone who is not like you…………………….double standards Sarah?

      1. Sarah says:

        Funny how this is the first time I’ve ever posted on this sight.

  3. RDuc says:

    I didn’t think Judy was lecturing. I thought she was just stating a fact. My condolences to the family and to the driver.

  4. A says:

    My condolences to the family and the driver you must also be having a hard time. Why so rude Sarah. Nothing about the family or the driver, just rude.

  5. Melanie says:

    Channel 11 says the boy was 4 yrs old?

  6. Joanne says:

    to the family I am so very sorry for your loss

  7. smj says:

    The extreme close-up of the child crying because her brother had died which was shown on tonight’s broadcast was despicable. Does wcco have no compassion?

    1. Judy says:

      TOTALLY AGREE! Filming family members emotions experiencing the devastating loss of their loved one was an injustice to them! It was heart wrenching to watch that little sister suffer. Drop the camera, and give that child a much needed hug would have been more approporiate. It seems that so many have lost the ability to fell compassion for anyone these days, and now to experience it from the local news, it IS despicable, insensitive, rude, and in very bad taste. .Evidently, there are no boundaries news will cross to get a story!

  8. Tonya Lynn says:

    Rodney just turned 5 on August 1… He was a foster child living with one of my best friends and was visiting his grandparents for the weekend… To see the pain and grief that the biological and foster family is going through is indescribable at this point. I know that not only they but the driver will appreciate the thoughts in the upcoming days, weeks, months, and years.

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