Charlie Boike Obituary, Death – A high school hockey player whose family has been a pillar for the sport in the town, the 17-year-old driver who was killed in a mishap over the weekend close to St. Cloud was one of the drivers involved in the accident. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Charlie Boike was driving his SUV when it became involved in an accident on Saturday night in the 21800 block of 23rd Avenue in St. Augusta. This location is approximately 5 miles south of St. Cloud.
According to the information provided by the Sheriff’s Office, Boike’s SUV departed southbound 23rd Avenue, entered a ditch, and then flipped over. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, “the roadways at the time of the incident were treacherous owing to the weather and precipitation throughout the day.”
A motorist who was passing by at the time of the collision and who reported it to the Sheriff’s Office just after 10:30 p.m. indicated that he could see one person inside the SUV. Boike was pulled from the vehicle by other persons who had stopped, who then began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the lifesaving procedures were taken over by the deputies until it was determined that Boike was already deceased at the site.
Boike was a forward for the Crush hockey program, which is comprised of kids from both St. Cloud Tech and St. Cloud Apollo high schools. Boike was a junior at St. Cloud Tech High School. An emotional message was shared on the hockey team’s Twitter account, which said, “Our hearts and prayers are with the Boike family and friends as we are grieved over the passing of our hockey buddy, Charlie.”
Erika, Boike’s mother, is the manager of game-day operations for the St. Cloud Norsemen junior hockey club as well as the person in charge of coordinating accommodation for the team’s players. His dad, Jeff, has been coaching young hockey players in the St. Cloud area for a good number of years. Charlie’s older brother Drew was the one who skated with the St. Cloud Crush before Charlie, and Charlie’s younger brother Lewis also plays hockey.
An online fundraising effort that was started on behalf of the family reads, “The Boike family is truly the heart of hockey in the St. Cloud area,” and “we would love to be able to help them as they prepare to honor Charlie and the life he lived with a huge heart and his memorable smile.” The goal of the effort is to raise at least $10,000 for the family.