Child Dies in Fatal Driveway Accident in Polk County

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Polk County Sheriff's Office l Press Release |


On 4/16/18 at 10:02 a.m. the Polk County Dispatch Center received a phone report of a child being run over by a vehicle in a private driveway and was currently being transported to the Osceola Medical Center by private vehicle.

Officers from the Osceola Police Department responded to the Osceola Medical Center and were told that the victim child, his mother and siblings had been at their neighbor’s residence on the 500 block of 280th Street in the Town of Farmington, in southern Polk County, when the 1 1⁄2 year old child was struck by a vehicle being moved in the driveway so that the driveway could be snow plowed.

The driver of the vehicle, Arthur Elmquist, 54, Osceola, was moving a large panel van and did not see the child enter the driveway. The vehicle is described as a 2003 Dodge Sprinter. Based on statements of witnesses the child appeared to have been run over by the rear tires of the van as it was negotiating a circular driveway. Witnesses advised that the children were out playing in the snow at the time of the accident.

The child was transported to the Osceola Medical Center by private vehicle and then transported via air ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was later advised that the child had died due to the injuries sustained in the accident.

The victim child is now identified as Abraham Flynn, 1 1⁄2, of rural Osceola. The incident remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.



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