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Mitchell police seek info on hit-and-run that injured a pedestrian

A pedestrian suffered injuries in a hit-and-run incident around 2:16 a.m. Saturday in Mitchell, and police are seeking information.

A maroon car did not stop at a stop sign at the Fifth Avenue intersection while traveling north along the 400 block of North Gamble Street, police said. The vehicle struck the victim, a 35-year-old male, in the intersection.

Detective Lt. Don Everson of the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said a witness called in the incident. Everson declined to identify the victim.

The witness found the victim lying in the roadway unconscious with several injuries, including lacerations, abrasions and bruising. The ambulance crew further discovered the victim had sprained ligaments and pain in his head and abdomen.

The victim was transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital by Mitchell Ambulance.

"It does not appear he suffered serious injuries," Everson said.

Everson added alcohol appears to have been a factor in the incident, but he declined to elaborate.

The make and model of the vehicle is unknown, but Everson said there could be damage to the front driver's side, because the driver did not stop after the vehicle struck the pedestrian. It continued to drive north to Seventh Avenue and then turned west.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or suspicious activity in the area at the time of the incident should call Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at 996-1700.

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