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It happens 40 times a day in Manitoba -- someone sideswipes a car in the mall parking lot or rear-ends someone at a stop sign and then speeds away. Hit and runs cost motorists big money, a lot of grief and in many cases physical pain. They're not, as MPI spokesman Brian Smiley says, a victimless crime. In most hit and runs, the culprits are never found, so MPI can't recover the repair costs, which are then passed on to policy-holders. And MPI's fraud investigators -- two, soon to be three -- spend a lot of time looking into dodgy hit-and-run claims. The numbers have been pretty stable for the last five years, but they're significant.

-- Mary Agnes Welch

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-- Mary

15,000

Average number of hit and runs

18

Percentage of total accidents

$20 million

Insurance payouts on hit and runs

500

Number of hit-and-run related injuries per year

600-700

Number of suspicious hit and runs probed by fraud investigators

-- Source: Manitoba Public Insurance

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 16, 2013 D3

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