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UPDATE: Austin Police asking public for information after 3-year-old seriously injured in hit-and-run

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- Austin Police are investigating a hit-and-run after a  3-year-old boy was injured Saturday night.

"We believe the accident happened on the road itself," said David McKichen, the Austin Police Chief. "We are not aware of any driving necessarily out of the ordinary."

"Austin City streets are generally 30 mph, even going 20 [mph] could be very devastating to any pedestrian. Especially someone as young as three years old."

The boy was hit around 10 p.m. near the intersection of 1st Street and 3rd Avenue SW.

McKichen said the boy's mother and two other people witnessed the crash. They described it as a dark colored SUV.

The make and model of the vehicle are unknown.

"I was upset and disappointed that this happened right up the street from my home," said Austin resident Bryan Davis. "I am worried and I hope the boy recovers soon."

Police said the child was airlifted to Rochester after sustaining several serious injuries in the accident.

"I really hope that the boy makes a full recovery and that the family gets some peace by finding who did this," Davis said. "And getting them [the driver] to pay some restitution. I hope that we can make our streets a little bit safer so this incident doesn't happen again in the future."

McKichen said there may be damage near the passenger side headlight. He hopes the driver turns themself in.

"We'd like to talk to the driver," McKichen said. "We'd like to hear from their perspective. I think this would help us understand what they perceived and what happened from their viewpoint.

McKichen is asking residents to check their home surveillance cameras for additional clues on the driver.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Austin Police at 507-437-9400.

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