6 people injured in 'deliberate' hit-and-run in Mankato

It happened at a parking lot in Mankato.

Authorities say six people were injured when a man "deliberately" drove his car into a group of people this weekend.

The incident happened in a parking lot near 104 Bunting Lane in Mankato early Sunday morning at about 1:50 a.m., the City of Mankato said in a news release.

Police and first responders arriving at the scene found at least six people and two parked cars had been hit. 

Two of the victims were airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, the release says, while two others were treated at the Mayo Clinic in Mankato.

The release identifies the driver as 21-year-old Juan Carlos Lamas Jr. of Montgomery, Minnesota. Officials say Lamas fled the scene but was apprehended by Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Deputies.

He's being held at the Blue Earth County Justice Center on preliminary charges of fourth degree driving while under the influence and criminal vehicular operation, the release says.

Authorities say the incident is under investigation and no additional information is being released at this time.

Hit-and-runs in Minnesota

There are thousands of hit-and-run crashes in Minnesota every year, resulting in hundreds of injuries and multiple fatalities.

In 2015, there were 7,425 crashes identified as hit-and-runs, according to Minnesotans for Safe Driving, of which 12 resulted in fatalities and 1,722 injuries.

Of those who died, 10 out of the 12 were pedestrians, with 165 more pedestrians injured in hit-and-run crashes.

There were 113 injuries caused in hit-and-runs with bicycles, 1,126 injuries and two fatalities in collisions with moving vehicles, and 101 injuries caused in collisions with parked vehicles.

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