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Investigators: Man Arrested in Crash That Critically Injured 3 Students at Otsego Bus Stop

January 19, 2017 06:57 PM

Three high schools students were critically injured after being hit by a vehicle that failed to stop for a school bus with its stop-arm extended Thursday morning in Otsego.

According to the Wright County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at 6:51 a.m. in the area of 78th Street and Parrish Avenue.

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The Rogers Police Department says the students were trying to cross the street to board the bus when they were struck by an oncoming pickup truck.

Police say the three are students at Rogers High School. The students have been identified as 15-year-old Gretta Jensen, 15-year-old Beckett Olson and 15-year-old Ian Orina, according to investigators. All of the students are from Otsego. 

The students were taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Thursday morning and then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. 

Wright County Sheriff's Capt. Dan Anselment says all three students are in critical condition.

A Go Fund Me page has been launched to assist the students and their families with medical expenses.

The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as Cody Scott Pech.

According to authorities, Pech has been booked into the Wright County jail.

According to the school district, Vision Transportation operates the school bus.

Independent School District 728 released the following statement that reads, in part:

We have been informed by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle struck three Rogers High School students walking to their bus stop in the city of Otsego this morning.  Emergency medical personnel along with sheriff deputies were dispatched to the scene. We appreciate our emergency responders for their fine work and for keeping us informed.

At this time the injured students have been transported to a local hospital and parents have been notified. Their conditions have not been released. District and building crisis teams, including councilors, are present at Rogers High School to provide ongoing support for students and staff.

The incident is still under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

"It’s been a difficult day for our Rogers High School community and our thoughts are with our students and their families," said Rogers High School Principal Jason Paurus. "In times like these it is important to come together, lean on each other and show care and concern for one another."

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