Duluth Police Seek Hit-and-run Suspect, Victim Badly Bruised

Updated: 04/14/2014 10:54 PM
Created: 04/14/2014 10:48 PM

Duluth police are asking for your help in finding a suspect after a man was injured in a hit-and-run last week.

Police say a blue Ford F-150 model truck ran a stop sign at 57th Avenue West and Cody Street on Thursday, striking a 27-year-old riding a skateboard. 

James Ylinen declined medical attention, but still suffered serious bruising and is now using a crutch to get around. 

"I've taken falls and things like that in the past, but I've never not been able to get up off the ground right away," Ylinen said. "When he [the driver] turned his lights off and took off from the scene, I kind of felt a little helpless, I guess."

James' mother, Barb Allee, posted a plea to Facebook on Friday, asking for help from the community. It went viral, receiving hundreds of shares.

She says she is doing everything she can to catch the driver and get them off the street before anyone else is hurt.

"By the accounts of the witness driver in another car, and by what happened to my son, this is a very reckless driver," Allee said. "I don't think that we need to wait until he kills somebody before he's taken off the road."

Police are investigating, and ask that if you have any information to call 911.

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