UPDATE: Boy who died in plowing accident is identified
A death announcement for Collin Fitzgerald, 4, was issued Wednesday by Cullen Crea Funeral Home, New Richmond.
Collin died shortly after he was struck by a vehicle plowing snow at the family's property on 238th Avenue in the town of Star Prairie, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office said. Daniel Fitzgerald, Collin's father, was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.
"This is one of the most tragic events that anyone could ever have to deal with," said St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts. "This is an accident by all accounts, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fitzgerald family."
According to a press release from the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, Collin was asked to play in a "snow fort" the parents built for him while his father plowed. Daniel told deputies that he watched the boy walk toward the fort in the front yard and then started to plow.
While clearing snow from in front of the family's garage, Daniel Fitzgerald told deputies he realized his son had been injured. He said he called for help and started life-saving measures.
Deputies and the New Richmond EMS crews were called to the scene at 11:52 a.m. Tuesday. The boy was transported to Westfield's Hospital in New Richmond where he was pronounced dead due to massive head injuries, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
A funeral service is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 at Faith Community Church 1040 Paperjack Dr., New Richmond with visitation two hours prior to the service at the church.
Collin is the son of Daniel and Rachel Fitzgerald of rural New Richmond.