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Steps drivers should follow after an accident

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The Yankton County Sheriff's Department is searching for the driver in a hit-and-run accident on Old Highway 50 that took the life of 23-year-old Joseph Bret Jackson. 

The person responsible for this fatal hit and run accident is facing some pretty serious charges for leaving the scene of the accident. 

While the moments following an accident are full of stress and confusion, there are some common steps drivers should take when it's time to call the police. 

State law requires a police report for any kind of accident that causes more than one thousand dollars in damage; that includes a collision with another car, animal, object or person. 

Law enforcement officers say if you're not sure how much damage there is, it's better to call and have an officer come out to the scene. 

When you do call 911, here are some steps you should follow: 

  • Give your location and stay with your vehicle at the scene until law enforcement officers arrive.
  • If someone is injured, stay on the phone with the 911 dispatcher.
  • If you're able to help, the dispatcher will walk you through some first aid steps.

Officers say the most common reason for any kind of hit and run is because the driver was under the influence or had some other legal issue—but even if you have broken the law, you're better off staying at the scene. 

"By staying, you could render first aid to those people and even though you've made a mistake, the last thing you need to do is leave—you're just going to make that situation that much worse," said Sergeant Jerry Winter with the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department. 

Winter says if you haven't broken the law but are still involved in an unfortunate accident, as long as you stay at the scene and follow these steps, drivers should have nothing to fear. 

The investigation in Yankton County is still ongoing; if you have any information about the hit-and-run on Old Highway 50, call police.

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