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Willmar man who hit blind man with vehicle is sentenced to 90 days in jail

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A Willmar man will serve jail time and probation for driving his vehicle over a blind man in the crosswalk of a busy intersection.

Gary Lee Mattson, 56, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a year of probation on a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop for a blind person. The charge was filed after a Nov. 16 incident at First Street South and 19th Avenue in Willmar.

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There, Mattson drove his vehicle over Thomas Sykora, 58, of Willmar.

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