UPDATE: GoFundMe established for 14-year-old who tried to prevent fatal car crash in Fargo
The car struck a traffic signal post Tuesday near Interstate 29 and 19th Avenue North, authorities said.
FARGO — A 14-year-old boy severely injured in a fatal Fargo crash tried to prevent it after the driver had a medical emergency, his mother told The Forum.
Kyler Entzi has been released from the hospital with his injuries that are not life-threatening, his mother Kami White said Friday, Nov. 19.
He was injured in a Tuesday evening crash that took the life of his father, 41-year-old Paul Entzi, on the 19th Avenue North bridge over Interstate 29, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Kyler's injuries are severe, according to a post on a GoFundMe page intended to help pay his medical expenses.
It states that the youth "has a fractured vertebrae and will have to wear a brace that surrounds his whole mid-section for three months. Any slight twist could end up with surgery... or worse. He has two open wounds similar to a severe burn they are trying to heal that will take about three months as well.
"Both of his ankles are fractured. (He has) a collapsed lung, and the other is bruised and he is terribly scratched up from head to toe, and marks and a slight swollen face from the air bag, and very, very raw hips, shoulder and waist from the seatbelt that saved his life," said the post written by White.
Entzi was driving a 2014 Nissan Altima north on I-29 shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday when he exited at 19th Avenue, according to the patrol. He then drove through the intersection and struck a traffic signal post, the patrol said.
Entzi died at Sanford Medical Center.
According to the patrol, there was an incident in the car before the crash. Doctors believe Entzi experienced a medical emergency, White told The Forum.
When Entzi had the medical emergency, he slumped over on top of the boy, White said. As the speed of the vehicle accelerated, his son reached for the steering wheel to try to gain control of the vehicle to prevent a crash, she said.
Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind confirmed that the boy tried to grab the wheel of the vehicle. He said he couldn't confirm whether Entzi had a medical emergency since the incident inside the vehicle that caused the crash is still under investigation.
Family is waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of the medical emergency, White said.
As of Monday night, Nov. 22, $780 out of a goal of $10,000 had been raised so far to help pay medical bills for the young boy. The GoFundMe can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-kyler-entzi-medical-cost-and-care