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West Fargo boy hit by SUV in stable condition, family says

The boy was not wearing a helmet and was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo for serious injuries. The driver did not see the boy before the crash, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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Taren Klein / GoFundMe photo
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WEST FARGO — A boy struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle in West Fargo Sunday, Sept. 26, has undergone multiple procedures for serious injuries but was in stable condition Tuesday, according to family members.

Taren Klein, 13, was riding his bike when a 2012 Subaru Forrester hit him at Eighth Street East and 33rd Avenue East near the Cash Wise grocery store. Authorities said that the boy was not wearing a helmet and was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

The driver did not see the boy before the crash, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, which has taken over the investigation, said West Fargo Spokeswoman Melissa Richard.

Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said investigators are working to reconstruct the crash.

"At this time we have not considered charges, as the investigation is still on-going," he said in an email to The Forum. "We continue to gather evidence."

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The accident happened the day after Klein's 13th birthday, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help with the family's medical bills not covered by insurance as well as living expenses while he recovers.

Klein suffered "multiple injuries including a broken femur, three fractures in his lower jaw, two fractures in his eye sockets, dislocated toe, road rash and, most critical, a head injury," the page said.

The boy had surgery to repair his femur, and a section of his skull was removed to allow room for swelling in his brain, the page continued, adding: "Along with those procedures he will endure many more in the coming days/weeks/months."

In an update posted to the page Tuesday, Klein's family said he had had a good night.

"All of his stats remained stable," wrote Keri Ehlis, one of the site's organizers. "This is what we've been hoping for as the next 2-3 days will be very critical for him while his brain heals from the trauma."

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the site for Klein had raised about $22,830 its $50,000 goal.

Klein is the second child to be seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle in West Fargo this month. A juvenile on a motorized bicycle was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle on Sept. 8. At the time of the crash, West Fargo police said the juvenile sustained serious injuries.

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As the West Fargo editor, Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum and oversees the production of the weekly Pioneer.
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