Black Man Hits 2 White Soldiers With Vehicle Drags One 3/4 Mile

Maricella Miranda
September 20, 2013

Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, left, and Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud

Two Army soldiers helped chase down an SUV after the vehicle reportedly hit two other soldiers in Roseville, according to an Army spokesman.

Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, 42, of Circle Pines, was reportedly hit and dragged by the SUV, reported Ken Plant of Army Public Affairs. Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud, 29, of Brooklyn Park, allegedly was hit by the vehicle. Staff Sgt. Adam Boktor and Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Knaak chased after the vehicle, he said.

The soldiers involved are non-commissioned officers of the U.S. Army Recruiting Center in Roseville, Plant said. The incident happened around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Torgerson is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center. His stepmother reported Tuesday that he will be OK. According to Roseville police, he suffered severe, non-life threatening injuries to his body as well as a broken leg.

Torgerson was with Stroud when they were reportedly hit by a 1994 Jeep Cherokee at the Crossroads of Roseville Shopping Center located at 1651 West County Road B2, police said. Torgerson was stuck under the SUV, while Stroud went over the hood of the SUV.

Police said the driver, identified as 52-year-old Enrico Taylor, kept going and dragged Torgerson for about 3/4 of a mile.

According to witnesses, Torgerson was able to free himself from under the vehicle.

At one point Taylor stopped to try to kick Torgerson out from underneath the vehicle, but he was stuck, according to police. Taylor allegedly got back in his car and kept going.

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