North Dakota teen ran over and killed because of a political dispute

Cayler Ellingson

Photo courtesy of Cayler Ellingson’s Facebook page

MCHENRY, N.D. – In the early morning of September 18, 2022, North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a hit and run fatality in the alley near Johnston Street and Jones Avenue in McHenry, North Dakota.

Police said Cayler Ellingson, 18, was struck by a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Shannon Brandt, 41. According to court documents, Brandt admits that he believed that Ellingson was part of a Republican extremist group who Brandt feared was coming to get him. According to those same documents, Brandt also admitted that he intentionally struck the victim after having a political argument with him.

Brandt is being charged with criminal vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was also placed under arrest for DUI.

According to North Dakota Highway Patrol, Ellingson sustained serious injuries and was transported to Carrington Hospital where he later died.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for Ellingson’s family. As of the time of this publication, the site has raised over $23,000.

The organizer of the GoFundMe campaign describes “A young man with his whole adult life ahead of himself. So much stripped away from himself and from his family. They now have to endure a path no parent wants, no parent should have to endure. His innocent life he had yet to look forward to and live for. His parents will never see their young son graduate college, get married or have grandchildren.”

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