The 2-year-old victim of a four-vehicle crash in Coon Rapids last weekend has died of his injuries. The crash, believed to have been caused by a Blaine driver under the influence of alcohol, also left the child's mother and sister with serious injuries and his father with minor injuries, according to police.
According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, emergency responders were dispatched at 3:53 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, to the area of Main Street Northwest and Shenandoah Boulevard Northwest in Coon Rapids on a report of a four-vehicle crash with injuries.
Preliminary investigation suggested a Ram truck was headed eastbound on Main Street and was seen skidding sideways before impacting and crossing the center median and striking a westbound Toyota Camry head on. Two other vehicles traveling west on Main Street were also struck as a result of the initial impact, authorities said.
The driver of the Ram truck, a 54-year-old man from Blaine, was not injured in the crash. He was arrested on probable cause for third-degree DUI and criminal vehicular operation. He was released from custody Dec. 3 but has not been formally charged. ABC Newspapers doesn’t generally identify suspects until formal charges have been filed.
The male driver of the Toyota Camry was 37-year-old Suresh Shrimant Pujari of Lino Lakes. An Allina ambulance transported him to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids with minor injuries, where he was later treated and released.
The female passenger of the Toyota Camry was Pujari’s 37-year-old wife, Mamanta Patil Bovi, who was also transported to Mercy Hospital by an Allina ambulance and was reported in serious but stable condition.
Pujari and Bovi’s two young children were also in the Toyota Camry. Their 5-year-old daughter, Sinchana Pujari, was taken to Mercy Hospital before being transferred to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis with serious injuries.
Their 2-year-old son, Guatam Pujari, who was given CPR on scene, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and then transferred to Children’s Hospital with critical injuries. According to a GoFundMe page, Guatam was placed on life support. He died on Dec. 4, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The two other vehicles involved were a Chevrolet truck, driven by 29-year-old Mitch Keenan Heidmann, of Champlin, and a Honda Civic, driven by 35-year-old Kevin Dario Cobos Diaz, of Andover. Both drivers were uninjured.
Heidmann performed CPR on 2-year-old Guatam Pujari until emergency crews arrived.
This incident remains under investigation by the Coon Rapids Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
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This story has been updated.