MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 74-year-old Backus man is dead after he was hit by a tire that came off a dump truck last Wednesday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Tom Burch, the sheriff’s office received a medical assistance call on June 17 at 10:22 a.m. at a residence in the Backus area.

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The victim, identified as Charles Linn, was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital, where he died. Investigators determined that he was struck at the end of his driveway by a tire that came off a dump truck.

Linn was remembered as a kind and caring man who put his family, friends and church above all else. The retired teacher was looking forward to celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary this summer.

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“He was so giving and he was always out to help everyone else,” neighbor Gretta Norton said.

The driver of the dump truck, identified as 72-year-old Bruce Eveland of Backus, was uninjured in the incident and was unaware that the tire had come off.

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The incident is still under investigation.

John Lauritsen