UPDATE: Authorities investigating hit-and-run on I-29

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UPDATED 12:07 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Authorities are trying to figure out who hit a 15-year old girl on Interstate 29 and drove away.

The Lincoln County Sheriff tells KELOLAND News the girl has very serious injuries and is currently in a Sioux Falls hospital. 

It appears she was walking along the interstate when she was hit. Authorities aren’t sure why she left her vehicle or why she was driving at 3 a.m. but she may have been having car trouble.

UPDATE: Authorities say Interstate 29 reopened around 1 p.m. Monday.

Authorities believe she was a short distance from her car when someone hit her.  

The Sheriff says the person who hit her should come forward.

“It would be hard to believe you don’t know. She’s a 15-year old girl in critical condition. … So she is in critical condition. The best thing to do is to turn yourself in,” Lincoln County Sheriff Steven Swenson said.

The investigation has shut down the northbound lanes of I-29.  

Authorities have been searching the road and ditch for any clues that could help them figure out who hit her.

While authorities aren’t releasing the victim’s name, they do confirm that she’s a local girl.


10:03 a.m.

Authorities are trying to figure out who hit a 15-year-old girl on Interstate 29 and drove away.

An official with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office tells KELOLAND News the girl has very serious injuries and is currently in a Sioux Falls hospital. It appears she was walking along the interstate when she was hit. Authorities aren’t sure why she left her vehicle; she may have been having car trouble.

Authorities believe she was a short distance from her car when someone hit her.

The investigation has shut down the northbound lanes of I-29.  Authorities have been searching the road and ditch for any clues that could help them figure out who hit her.


6:38 a.m.

Prepare for some delays on Interstate 29 Monday morning. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said they and the South Dakota Highway Patrol are investigating an incident in the area. I-29 northbound is closed at mile-marker 71. 

The investigation is for a crash.

Authorities are advising people to take 273 Street towards 472nd Avenue (Louise Avenue) and follow that north until the round-about at 271st Street, which you can take west back onto Interstate 29. 

There’s no word on how long Interstate 29 will be closed. 

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Posted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Canton, SD on Monday, August 12, 2019

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