COON RAPIDS, Minn. — A toddler who was revived by a good Samaritan following a multi-car accident in Coon Rapids Saturday passed away days later from his critical injuries.
The Anoka County Sheriff's office says Guatam Pujari, 2, died Wednesday.
According to authorities a 54-year-old driver in a Ram pickup truck was traveling eastbound along Main Street NW Nov. 30 around 4 p.m. when he skidded across the median and slammed into a Toyota Camry. Inside that vehicle was a man, a woman and two young children, one of them four years old, and the other only two.
Two additional vehicles then became involved in the pileup. Everyone in the Camry was hurt, with Guatam suffering critical injuries.
Police credit 29-year-old Mitch Keenan Heidmann, whose pickup became involved in the crash, for jumping from his damaged vehicle to perform CPR on the critically injured toddler.
Heidmann told KARE 11 he remembered what to do from an hour-long class he took at work. He successfully revived Guatam, who was then rushed to Children's Hospital. The boy's parents and older sister were all hospitalized with less serious injuries.
The driver of the Ram truck was uninjured, but was arrested on probable cause DUI and Criminal Vehicular Operation charges. He was released from jail without being charged, but that could change following the child's death.