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April 23, 2013

Hit-and-run victim looking for witnesses

MANKATO — It’s been more than two weeks since a hit-and-run driver left Gerald Moutry lying on the street in broad daylight.

Moutry was riding his bike on Fourth Street at about 12:35 p.m  on April 8. He said he was hit by a man driving a black four-door car as he crossed Warren Street. Moutry described the driver as being white with longer brown hair.

“The guy got out of the car and asked me if I was all right,” Moutry said. “I shook my head. So he said, ‘Let me pull over.’ Then he took off and left me in the middle of the street.”

Moutry was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was treated for an injury to his leg and released. He also had to repair the bent wheels on his bike. Since then he’s been watching the streets hoping to find the car that hit him.

He thinks he has found it —at a downtown residence not far from the spot where the crash occurred. Police investigating the incident are reporting they don’t have enough evidence to file charges at this point, so the case is on hold.

Moutry is hoping someone can come forward with more information so the man who hit him can be found. His trip to the hospital was expensive, so he’s also hoping the driver had insurance.

After Moutry was hit, he told a police officer what he thought was the license plate number. Two days after the hit-and-run, Moutry found a car in a downtown Mankato driveway that had a license plate number that was very close to the one he had initially reported.

“I was looking at every black car going down the street,” Moutry said. “Then there it was. I was one number off in my head, but I knew this was the car.”

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