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Gary Mattson of Willmar walks from the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in downtown Willmar after pleading guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge stemming from him striking a blind man with his vehicle. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

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


WILLMAR -- 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.

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

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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