A 14-year-old St. Anthony girl was seriously injured Sunday when she was struck by a car while bicycling in New Brighton.
The driver was identified by the State Patrol as Ray Widstrand, 28, now of New Brighton but formerly of St. Paul’s East Side. Widstrand was the victim of a highly publicized mob attack by teenagers on the night of Aug. 4, 2013.
According to the patrol, Widstrand was driving south on Silver Lake Road when he struck the cyclist, Aeris Ewing, while attempting to make a left turn onto the eastbound I-694 entrance ramp.
The girl was in the crosswalk at the time.
“Who had the right of way is part of the investigation,” patrol spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson said Sunday.
Ewing was taken to Children’s Hospital after the 11:50 a.m. crash.
Widstrand was not injured. No alcohol use was detected, the patrol said.
This spring, Widstrand was in Ramsey County District Court for the sentencing of a 17-year-old who threw the first punch at him on that summer night, triggering a brutal attack that left him with a skull fracture and permanent physical and mental damage.
The Star Tribune reported then that Widstrand had a restricted driver’s license, worked four hours a day at his old job at a public-access TV station and that he hoped to be able to work eight hours a day by fall.