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La Crosse man faces hit-and-run charge, after pedestrian is struck crossing George Street



A 32-year-old La Crosse driver has been accused of hitting a pedestrian on George Street last Friday night.

Kody Knudtson faces a charge of hit-and-run, causing great bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, if convicted.

A criminal complaint states Knudtson called county dispatch on Monday to turn himself in.

He said he was driving about 10 to 20 miles an hour in the 1700 block of George on the night of June 23, when a male ran onto the street, stopped and then ran into his car.

The pedestrian had injured several parts of their body. He told police he didn’t see any cars coming when he started walking across the street.

Knudtson said he panicked and left the scene after the accident.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in court Monday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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