COON RAPIDS, Minn. - A Coon Rapids Community Service Officer (CSO) is out of the hospital and recovering from a number of injuries after being struck by a car while helping a stranded motorist.
CSO Harley Lenart suffered a concussion, bruised ribs and a damaged shoulder in the incident, which happened on January 12. Lenart was assisting a motorist on eastbound Highway 10 just west of Hanson Boulevard shortly before 8 p.m.
She said she checked behind her before she started walking to her car. As she tried to get in the front seat she was struck from behind by the passenger side mirror of a passing vehicle. Lenart was thrown onto her vehicle and then to the ground. She doesn't know how but she managed to pull herself into the vehicle to call for help.
"The next thing I know is my partner's flash light in my rear view mirror," Lenart said.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the CSO did not stop at the scene. Witnesses describe the truck as a dark colored SUV, possible a Chevy Suburban or a Tahoe. There is no description of the driver available.
"You get close calls all the time when you're helping people but you always work with caution. You just hope it never actually happens," she said.
The Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association has offered a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver. Those who may know something is asked to call the Anoka County Sheriff's Office at (763) 323-5039 or (763) 427-1212.
A Coon Rapids Community Service Officer (CSO) is out of the hospital and recovering from a number of injuries after being struck by a car while helping a stranded motorist.