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Kay Cooley, Forum News Service, Published July 02 2013

VIDEO: Family in hit-and-run boating accident seeking answers

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Almost a year after a hit-and-run boating accident on Big Cormorant Lake that left a man with a broken hip and leg, investigators are still trying to put together the pieces.

“How do you go back and make something right after it’s been this long?” said Taryn Erickson, wife of the man injured, Terry Erickson.

The family was out on their boat July 4 when another boat crashed into theirs on Big Cormorant.

Instead of stopping to help, the driver of the other watercraft fled. Taryn and her two children received minor injuries compared to her husband, Terry, who couldn’t work for several months, but is now begin-ning to move on.

“On a daily basis, unless he gets sore or feels something, we don’t think about it too much,” Taryn said. “We try not to.”

For the Ericksons, they say life is fairly back to normal, except for constant reminders of the accident, like an empty spot on the lake, where they used to dock their boat.

“You know, it’s kind of sad you’re back here and it’s not the same,” Taryn said.

In the past year, the Becker County Sheriff’s Department has tracked and traced numerous leads, even releasing a sketch of the boat suspected in the hit-and-run, but has yet to make a big break in the case.

“We’d like to throw a plea out there that if there’s anybody out there that’s heard something and knows something, that they come forward and tell us so that the people that were injured in this case and hurt can finally put this to rest,” Taryn Erick-son said.

“It’s not like they intentionally came out to hurt anybody, we just wish that after the accident they would’ve helped us find our kids, call 911.”

If you have any information, call the Becker County Sheriff’s Department at (218) 847-2661.