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Jared Bear, 11, died following a crash on a highway near the Muskoday Bridge. He was on his bicycle, riding with a group of friends, when he was struck by a vehicle. (CBC)

Jared Bear, the 11-year-old boy who died following a crash involving a suspected drunk driver, pushed another boy out of harm's way but could not move his own bicycle out of danger, his mother tells CBC News.

Bear died Saturday after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 3, near the Muskoday Bridge that connects the nearby First Nation to Prince Albert.

He was riding with a group of youngsters when the crash happened, around 7 p.m. CST.

"Jared pushed his friend out of the way and he couldn't get out of the way in time," the boy's mother, Raelene Adam, told CBC News Tuesday.

Adam said when she was called about the crash, her initial thought was that it was a minor accident.

"I was just expecting ... little bit of bumps and bruises, that's it," she said. However, when Adam arrived at the crash scene it was apparent it was much more serious.

"I jumped out of the truck right away and went running over there," she said. "And they kept trying to hold me back saying, 'Don't go over there.' And then I saw my baby in the ditch."

The boy and his family had just returned to their home on the Muskody First Nation for a summer break. Adam works in the far north, at Black Lake, as a nurse.

She said her son was an energetic youngster, full of life with a generous and giving nature. A wake took place in Prince Albert Tuesday. A funeral is set for Thursday.

A 51-year-old man, who is known to the family, is facing several charges, including criminal negligence causing death and impaired driving.

With files from CBC's Kathy Fitzpatrick