On Monday afternoon, seven-year-old Cherish Hammer, daughter of Brett and Diana Hammer, of Granite Falls, was struck by a pickup while crossing the street on her bicycle near Richter field.  

She was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital and subsequently airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. She is recovering but remained in Intensive Care through Tuesday.

According to Diana Hammer, Cherish endured massive head trauma, suffering a slight brain hemorrhage, concussion and amnesia. Medical professionals have been running a series of neurological tests and are also evaluating her for any other physical damage, particularly to the neck and spine.



On Monday afternoon, seven-year-old Cherish Hammer, daughter of Brett and Diana Hammer, of Granite Falls, was struck by a pickup while crossing the street on her bicycle near Richter field.  
She was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital and subsequently airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. She is recovering but remained in Intensive Care through Tuesday.
According to Diana Hammer, Cherish endured massive head trauma, suffering a slight brain hemorrhage, concussion and amnesia. Medical professionals have been running a series of neurological tests and are also evaluating her for any other physical damage, particularly to the neck and spine.
Cherish spent Monday evening sedated and breathing through a respirator, but doctors have continued to update the family with positive developments throughout Tuesday, Dianna commented.
“She's doing better than expected. We were told she's one of the luckiest girls they've seen,” she said.
According to a press release from the Granite Falls Police Department, the accident occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m. when a 2003 Chevrolet pickup, driven by William Almich, of Granite Falls, collided with Cherish at the intersection of Recreation Drive and 2nd Street, while the seven-year-old was attempting to bike to the baseball field.
The Granite Falls police department has yet to release an in-depth report on the accident and conflicting accounts of the incident have come from bystanders. Officers did say that Almich was traveling east on Recreation Drive and Cherish was traveling north down the center of 2nd St. A row of hedges at the location does obstruct the view of 2nd St. when travelling east.
Dianna said that her daughter was travelling from her daycare located a block-and-a-half away, noting that she had only begun riding a bike a few weeks ago. While the family had helmets at home, the daycare did not, and Cherish was without head protection at the time of the accident.
All things considered, Dianna said her daughter is very bruised but looks good, and that family is very optimistic that Cherish will be moved from Intensive Care on Wednesday and be able to go home shortly thereafter.
“I’d like to thank everybody for their prayers; I think they’re working,” she said. “And please, please watch for kids.”