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Trial date is set for man accused of running down blind pedestrian at busy intersection


WILLMAR -- A jury trial has been set May 26 for the Willmar man accused of running his vehicle over a blind man Nov. 16 at the intersection of First Street South and 19th Avenue.

Gary Lee Mattson, 56, appeared Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. He faces three misdemeanor charges for the incident that left Thomas Dennis Sykora, 58, of Willmar, with numerous broken ribs, plus a broken scapula, or shoulder blade, and a broken ankle that required surgery to repair.

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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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