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Police Arrest Hit And Run Suspect

December 17, 2013, 5:09 PM by Brady Mallory

Police Arrest Hit And Run Suspect

Sioux Falls Police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run crash.  Officers arrested Mark Morris, 33, for leaving the scene of an injury accident, which is a felony.  58-year-old Reva Rezac remains in critical condition after being hit by a car Monday morning.

A tip helped police catch up with Morris Tuesday afternoon.  A caller reported a white Honda Civic in the 1000 block of N. Minnesota Avenue with front-end damage.  Once officers determined it was the car from the crash at 21st Street and Grange Avenue, they searched for the vehicle's owner. 

Lt. Jerome Miller said the public can be a big help in cases like these, but these types of investigations involve a lot of different resources.  Earlier on Tuesday, Miller said local auto body shops had been alerted to be on the lookout for suspects coming in with car damage that matched the description of the car in question.

"If you're in an accident in Sioux Falls, and you hit and run somebody, and you bring it to a shop in Sioux Falls, you're going to get caught," Marv's Body Shop co-owner Evan Kindt said.  "If it doesn't have a red tag, you know, that's when it's kind of our time to ask a few questions."

Kindt and his employees will not fix a car that has been in a crash unless it has a red tag.  The red tag shows the driver reported the incident to police.  There are other red flags mechanics can spot.

"Sometimes you'll get hit and runs where cars will hit a building, you know.  You can tell what somebody hit.  A lot of times they'll tell us what's going on, or we'll ask them and the story doesn't always jive," Kindt said.

Most repair shops work closely with Sioux Falls Police.  If not, they too could face consequences.

"Someone that does repair a vehicle like this, or others that have not had a police report - there are criminal charges that can be filed against body shops," Miller said.

Kindt said Marv's Body Shop has helped investigators find suspects in the past and won't stop looking for clues.

"If that person gets caught and brought to justice that would sure make you feel great," Kindt said.

Morris is being held at the Minnehaha County Jail. 

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