What a driver in Yankton County, South Dakota thought was a dead deer in the road, turned out to be the body of a man. Authorities are now investigating what they're calling a fatal hit and run.
Sheriff's officials identified the man as Joseph Bret Jackson, 23, of Yankton. He was found lying on 309th Street, just west of East Side Drive in Yankton, about 3:45am on Friday.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Rothschadl said, "A passerby, I believe they were going to work, notified us of what they found on the road."
The Yankton County Sheriff's Office said when they arrived at the scene, they found the body of 23-year-old Joseph Bret Jackson on the north side of the highway. They say it looked as if he had been struck by a car, and the driver had left the scene.
Rothschadl said, "There will be an ongoing investigation to find out what exactly happened, who and if he was struck by a vehicle. There was some head trauma but he had injuries all over."
Authorities says they don't know where he was coming from or where he was going, but believe the accident happened between 2:30am and 3:30am.
The section of 309th Street, where Jackson's body was found, was reopened to traffic at about noon on Friday.
An autopsy will be done to determine Jackson's exact cause of death.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Yankton County Sheriff's Office.
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