Fund Set Up To Pay For Medical Care Of 5-Year-Old Hit As She Rode Her Bike In Ruthven

Ruthven, Iowa — A fund has been set up to help cover medical expenses for a five-year-old girl who was struck by an SUV while she was riding her bike in Ruthven.

The hit-and-run happened Sunday night and the girl was flown to a hospital in Sioux Falls. The five-year-old’s great aunt says the child had a punctured lung and internal bruising and doctors were concerned about a head injury. The girl, who has stitches on her face and an ankle injury, has been released from the hospital. A “Benefit for MacKenzie” bank account at the Ruthven State Bank has been established and the family says all proceeds will go towards medical bills and care for the girl.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff says 22-year-old Laticia Whiting of Estherville fled the scene after hitting the girl. Whiting was arrested late Sunday night in Spirit Lake.