Update: Driver turns himself in after Mankato hit-and-run

According to state law, drivers are required to stop after any type of accident.

Police said Tuesday a 51-year-old North Mankato man has turned himself in in connection with a Mankato hit-and-run.

He has not been charged yet, but police say he could face a felony charge for leaving the scene of an accident, as well as a charge for not having insurance.

The man who was hit, 62-year-old Todd Bauman, is in serious condition at a Rochester hospital, police added.

The original story from Sunday is below.

Police in Mankato are asking for the public's help to find a hit-and-run driver.

According to a news release from the city, a 62-year-old man was severely injured in a hit-and-run incident near downtown Mankato Friday night. It happened at the intersection of North Second and Washington Streets.

Witnesses say that a vehicle struck the man – a pedestrian – before fleeing the scene. The victim was taken to the local hospital and then transferred by air ambulance to Rochester, the release says. The man's identity hasn't been released. He was last reported to be in critical condition.

Authorities believe the vehicle is a mid-2000s black or dark-colored Ford Ranger or Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup with damage to the front grille and headlight areas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department by calling 911 or 507-387-8780.

MN hit-and-run laws

According to state law, drivers are required to stop after any type of accident. Leaving the scene only makes things worse, especially when an injured person is involved.

A hit-and-run is a serious criminal offense in Minnesota. If the accident causes substantial harm to someone else,the law says you face up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines. And an accident that results in the deathof an individual can lead to felony charges and a sentence of up to 3 years in prison, plus fines reaching $5,000.

There are more than 7,000 reported hit-and-run crashes in Minnesota each year, the Duluth News Tribune says.

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