Princeton girl recovering after being struck by vehicle

By Jeffrey Hage and Rachel Kytonen

Nine-year old Lilly Crandall of Princeton was in good condition Wednesday afternoon and recovering at North Memorial Medical Center Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on Hwy. 95, the girl’s father Mike Crandall said Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by Jeff Hage/Princeton Union Eagle

The accident took place in Isanti County — about a mile east of the Mille Lacs County line — between B&J’s Tree Farm and Neighbors to Nations Church.

Nine-year-old Lilly Crandall was hit by an eastbound 2002 Ford Focus driven by 18-year-old Samantha Marshik of Princeton while Crandall was running across the highway to get mail from a mail box, according to Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske.

Isanti County Sheriff Russ Monson said Marshik was coming over a hill in her vehicle, and didn’t see Lilly in time to swerve away. Marshik stopped after she realized she hit the girl.

Barbara Corbett Kermeen was a witness to the accident and assisted Lilly at the scene.

“We stopped at once, backed up and I ran to give emergency first aid,” Corbett Kermeen said.

Lilly suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and was conscious at the scene, Roeske said. She was transported by helicopter to North Memorial Hospital in Robinsdale.

The incident was an accident waiting to happen, Corbett Kermeen suggested.

“My friend, the driver of the car in which I was riding, saw the entire accident in the rear view mirror,” Corbett Kermeen said.

“She had actually wanted to stop before the accident because it appeared that Lilly was going to run into the highway,” she said.

As a result of the accident, west-bound traffic on Hwy. 95 was backed up for miles, and east-bound traffic was being directed back to Princeton.

Monson said the Minnesota State Patrol will be leading the investigation, and will determine if any charges should come forth as a result of the incident.

“The girl who hit Lilly could not have possibly avoided hitting her,” Corbett Kermeen told The Union-Eagle.

Responding to the scene were the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, Isanti County Safety & Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol and North Ambulance.