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Fargo man in fair condition after being struck by car while crossing downtown street

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FARGO – A Fargo man has been upgraded to fair condition after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a downtown Fargo street early Sunday morning, Aug. 12, a Sanford Health spokesperson tells Forum News Service.

Joe Swegarden, unknown age, was in “very serious condition” after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Fargo on Sunday morning, his mother, Barb Swegarden, said in a Facebook post Monday morning, Aug. 13.

At approximately 2:04 a.m. Sunday, Fargo police officers responded to a hit-and-run injury accident at 6 Ave. N. and Roberts St. N., police said. Upon arrival, an officer observed a male lying on their back in the middle of the road unconscious but breathing. The driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident, but later called dispatch stating they were the responsible party, according to police.

In a separate Facebook post from Swegarden’s mother posted Sunday morning, she said Joe was “on a ventilator and he needs our prayers.”

Barb posted on Facebook again early Monday morning with an update, saying, “We are so thankful for your notes, your kind thoughts and your many prayers. Joe is waking very slowly. He has followed commands to squeeze our fingers, move his toes and open his eyes. We believe he recognizes us.”

Swegarden is a well-known culinary figure in the Fargo-Moorhead area who currently works as a cook at BernBaum's, 115 Roberts Street, in downtown Fargo, according to the company's Facebook page.

Swegarden previously worked as a kitchen manager at Blackbird Woodfire, 206 Broadway N., in downtown Fargo and was also a chef at Maxwells, 1309 Ninth St. E., in West Fargo.

At this time, no arrests have been made following the hit-and-run, according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson