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Forum staff reports, Published July 30 2012

Sketch released of boat involved in July 4 hit-and-run on Big Cormorant Lake

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Authorities at the Becker County Sheriff’s Office have released a sketch of the boat they believe is responsible for a July 4 hit-and-run boat crash on Big Cormorant Lake that left a West Fargo man seriously injured.

According to a news release sent Monday:

Witnesses helped authorities provide a detailed drawing of the boat that may have struck the boat occupied by 39-year-old Terry Erickson and his family at about 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

The boat is believed to be 17 feet long or larger, with a fiberglass design and a swimmer’s platform attached to the rear portion of the boat.

The sheriff’s office has uploaded the concept drawing on the county website at www.co.becker.mn.us and is asking residents to provide further tips, if possible.

Investigators believe the boat entered the water at the public access located on the west side of Big Cormorant Lake, adjacent to County Highway 5.

Becker County authorities ask that anybody who may have used that access in the afternoon or evening hours of July 4 to contact the sheriff’s office to help authorities pin down a time frame.

Authorities believe the suspects they’re looking for are two young adult males and one young adult female who were in the boat and probably arrived at that access together.

When the accident happened, Erickson, his wife, Taryn, their two children and a neighbor had just taken a 17-foot Bayliner onto the lake to watch fireworks.

After the collision, the suspect boat took off, even though the people in the Erickson boat were pleading for help, Taryn Erickson told The Forum after the crash. Terry Erickson suffered a broken leg and pelvis, his wife said.

The phone number for the Becker County Sheriff’s Department is (218) 847-2661.

View Big Cormorant Lake public access in a larger map

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541