Teen Injured at Skate Park in Prairie du Chien

On September 21, 2023 at approximately 6:00pm the Prairie du Chien Police Department was called to 1401 East Wells Street for a male party that had fallen off of a vehicle. Officers responded along with Gundersen Ambulance. Upon arrival on scene Officer found a 17-year-old male with a head injury laying on the ground. Gundersen Ambulance requested Gundersen Medlink Air Ambulance due to the location and severity of the injury.

Witnesses that are cooperating with the investigation have described the victim as riding on the hood of a moving vehicle when the victim fell onto the ground striking his head. Further, witnesses describe those involved as taking part in several un-safe driving actions prior to the victim falling from the vehicle.

Prairie du Chien’s city-wide camera system located at that location also recorded the incident and shows video of what led up to and contributed to the incident.

The victim was flown to Gundersen Hospital in LaCrosse and treated for his injuries. He has since been released from the hospital.

A public safety statement was released via social media last evening due to the amount of emergency assets involved in this incident. Due to the close proximity to schools, parks and residential areas we wanted to get ahead of the inevitable rumors and false assumptions. Our goal was to calm the fear of something more sinister transpiring and add some clarity to the facts as we knew them at the time. Over the course of the last few years we have seen, investigated and cited an increase in aggressive, unsafe and irresponsible driving. This case highlights just how dangerous these activities can be. A series of events lead to a 17-year-old young man being injured. Parents, have these conversations at home. Incidents like this can be avoided with safe, responsible and accountable operation of motor vehicles.” Chief of Police Kyle Teynor

This case remains under investigation and more follow-up is needed before any charges are considered for those involved. A 17-year-old has been identified by our department as the driver of the vehicle.

The police department was assisted by Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Gundersen Ambulance and Gundersen Medlink Air.