Fairmont police are searching for the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run late Sunday night that critically injured an elderly man.
According to a press release, officers responded to a report around 10:43 p.m. of a person sleeping in the roadway in the area of Downtown Plaza and Third Street in Fairmont.
An officer quickly determined a pedestrian was stuck by a vehicle and Mayo Clinic Ambulance responded to assist.
Police Chief Michael Hunter says several people have come forward with possible information about the incident.
“Numerous people also are checking personal and business surveillance video in the area surrounding the incident,” he says.
The victim is a 70-year-old male of Fairmont who was transported to Mayo Clinic Systems in Fairmont and immediately airlifted by helicopter to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He was listed in critical condition, but Hunter says he had regained consciousness and gave police a statement Monday night.
Authorities have not released the victim’s name at this time pending notification of family members.
Hunter says physical evidence recovered at the scene suggests the vehicle involved will likely have front-end damage, possible damage to the windshield and be missing a wiper.
He says some body shops contacted authorities after becoming aware of the incident through the department’s press release and on social media.
“Some of that information looks very promising and we are currently following up on those leads,” Hunter says.
Assisting on the scene were the Martin County Sheriff’s Department and Minnesota State Patrol.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Fairmont Police Department at (507) 238-4481.