Sioux City police are looking for the driver of a blue pickup truck that was involved in a recent hit-and-run accident.
The accident occurred at about 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Twenty-one-year-old Paul Mersch of Sioux City was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the 1900 block of Lewis Boulevard when a pick-up truck driver turned left in front of him onto 19th street. The motorcyclist was unable to stop and crashed into the truck.
According to witnesses, the driver of the pick-up turned around in a nearby parking lot and left the scene. They describe the truck as light blue and possibly a Dodge.
Investigators followed a trail of fluid that they believed leaked from the vehicle, but they did not find the driver.
Mersch was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. According to family members, he sustained a brain injury and several broken bones. He is expected to survive, but it is too early to know if he will fully recover. Mersch was listed in fair condition Monday morning.
In South Dakota, any driver involved in an accident must stop at the scene of the crash and exchange information and render aid as necessary. Leaving the scene of a South Dakota accident that results in injury or death is a felony. Unless the driver can be found, victims of hit-and-run accidents must rely on their own uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance for compensation. If no uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage is available, they may not receive compensation.
Anyone with information about the Sioux City accident is asked to call police at 712-258-8477.
Our South Dakota accident injury attorneys wish Paul Mersch a full and speedy recovery.