A pedestrian was hit by an oncoming vehicle on Sunday, March 17, 2013, while attempting to cross Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Crews were dispatched to the scene in the early-morning hours.
Police were called to an accident in the 600 block of South Minnesota Avenue, south of downtown Sioux Falls, at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sunday. Craig S. Clements, 51, of Martin, South Dakota was on foot and crossing South Minnesota Avenue near 14th Street in the outside northbound lane. While crossing, Clements was hit by a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus, driven by James T. Suing, 32, of Sioux Falls.
Police arrived at the scene, and Clements was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital with life-threatening injuries, including multiple fractures and head injuries. Thankfully, Clements was later reported to be in critical, but stable, condition. Police reported that Clements was drinking alcohol earlier in the evening.
The driver, Suing, was heading to work at the time of the accident; he was not injured in this vehicle-vs.-pedestrian collision. Police indicated that speed, drugs, and alcohol were not factors in this incident.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Sioux Falls Police Crash Reconstruction Team. The investigation will include an inspection of Suing’s motor vehicle.
We extend our sincerest thoughts to Craig S. Clements, and we would like to wish him a quick and full recovery.
If you have been in a motor vehicle crash in South Dakota, call Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, at (888) 733-2992 to speak with a South Dakota car accident attorney. Whether you are a pedestrian, passenger, or driver, we are here to assist you.