Estherville Woman Charged in Hit-and-Run That Seriously Injured a Young Girl

An Estherville woman has been charged in a hit-and-run collision in Ruthven that seriously injured a young girl.

Palo Alto county authorities say the five-year-old girl from Ruthven was riding a bike east on Carr Street around 6:30 Sunday evening when a vehicle collided with her, then took off. The alleged driver of that vehicle, 22-year-old Laticia Whiting of Estherville, was arrested Sunday night by police in Spirit Lake. Whiting was transported back to Palo Alto County. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury; driving on the wrong side; open container and failure to provide proof of financial liability.

The girl was taken to the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg and has since been transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. Her condition is unknown.

Spirit Lake police, along with the Clay and Dickinson County Sheriff’s Offices, assisted in the search of the suspect vehicle.

(thanks to Community First Broadcasting station KUOO in Spirit Lake)

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