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SF Police: Hit-and-Run victim didn't use crosswalk

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A 32 year-old Sioux Falls man is hospitalized after an early-morning hit-and-run. It happened around 1:30 a.m., Wednesday. Police say the victim was crossing the street, hit by a car and the driver didn't stop. It happened just south of 13th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

Nobody is behind bars, tonight, but police are still investigating.

They believe the victim wasn't using a crosswalk but they say he had been drinking. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police received a vague description of the driver but it is likely the driver would not face any charges.

There are laws in place and penalties for those who don't follow them. We stopped by downtown Sioux Falls to find out what people know about their laws.

Like many of us, they've known what to do and what not to do since a young age. Sioux Falls Police say if someone crosses the road when and where they shouldn't, there's a price to pay: a fine, or your safety.

"They have crosswalks marked at all intersections and lights so it's a good reminder for people when you're walking to follow and pay attention, it's in your best interest," Officer Sam Clemens said.

Here are some helpful things to keep in mind:

If you're crossing the street, not in a crosswalk, cars have the right-of-way.

J-walking is illegal in South Dakota and is defined by crossing during heavy traffic and posing danger to themselves and drivers.

It's considered a minor offense with a $25 fine.

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