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Three boys between the ages of nine and 13 are injured after being hit by a truck while riding their bikes.

The crash happened on Sundowner Avenue between Tea and Sioux Falls at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police arrested Mark Davis, who is 30-years-old, for a DWI and officials said this is not Davis’s first offense.

Tanya Knutson lives with her husband raced to the road to help the boys and said it was not a pretty site.

“It was awful. There’s three little boys laying on the ground, crying and hurt," said Knutson.

Knutson said Sundowner Avenue is already dangerous.

“We do have a problem here with people speeding, dumping garbage, being stupid, just crazy stuff and if it was your little kids riding along the side of the road, wouldn't you want everyone to give them the same consideration," said Knutson.

She said the driver of the truck was flustered at the scene of the accident.

“He was pretty upset, he felt bad, he knew he screwed up," said Knutson.

Lincoln County State's Attorney, Thomas Wollman said the driver, Mark Davis, was arrested on three separate offenses of vehicular battery and for drunk driving.

“A DWI third offense is a class six felony, which would subject him to potentially punishment of up to two years in the South Dakota state penitentiary. The class four felonies would each be punishable up to 10 in the South Dakota state penitentiary," said Wollman.

Knutson said she wants drivers on Sundowner to be extra careful.

“Common sense, this road is a gravel road that is, it's bumpy, there's loose gravel, if it rains, it's a mess, you have to go slower on this road," said Knutson.

Which could help keep kids safe on the road.

Davis is currently in the Minnehaha county jail and had his first video court appearance on Monday.
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