Hit and run incidents


The road is meant to be shared, but that’s not always the case. 

“I feel like most people don’t really care, they’re expecting us to watch out for them instead of them watching out for us,” said cyclist Ilec Sager. 

Hit-and- run crashes across the nation have increased by 7 percent every year since 2009, but locally the numbers look a little different. According to the Minot Police Department, in 2016 there were 498 hit and run cases. That compares with 467 cases in 2017.

“I think the number holds pretty steady in Minot, I don’t think we’ve seen a big influx one way or the other,” said Captain John Klug of the Minot Police Department.

Captain Klug says incidents of this type do happen on the roads you’re on everyday and one of the most common places for hit and runs is in our parking lots.

“More often then not I would say 98% of my claims are people who get hit while their in a parking lot,”said insurance agent Miranda Schuler. 

Nathalie Gomez reporting: Whether you’re behind the wheel or walking down the street taking a little more time to be aware of your surroundings could prevent an unwanted situation. 

“Being a driver there have been a number of times where I pulled up at an intersection and just the way my corner post is you don’t see somebody that’s walking or riding a bike,” said Klug.

His advice is to wait and make sure no one is coming. The same goes for pedestrians and cyclists….

“Make sure you make the eye contact with somebody before you assume it’s free to walk across the street,” said Klug.

Anyone has is at risk of being a victim to this type of situation, but a little awareness could make all the difference.

If you are involved in a hit-and-run crash make sure to get as much information as possible like the cars plate number, 

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