The hit-and-run driver accused of seriously injuring a pedestrian in Robbinsdale before fleeing the scene Monday night has turned himself in.

The 44-year-old motorist from Brooklyn Park walked into the Robbsindale Police Department on Wednesday morning, just hours after authorities asked for the public’s help finding the driver. The man told police he thought he hit a deer.

Chief James Franzen said it’s unknown if the suspect was drunk or distracted at the time of the crash.

His vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, is being processed by the Hennepin County Crime Lab. Investigators located the sedan at a body shop in Brooklyn Park. The man has not been booked at the Hennepin County jail. Charges are pending.

The incident began just before 10 p.m. Monday, when officers responded to a crash report at the intersection of County Road 81 and 41st Avenue N. They found an adult victim found lying in the roadway.

The man could be heard moaning in pain and yelling “he’s running away!”

The 34-year-old victim was taken to nearby hospital with serious injuries. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Staff writer Tim Harlow contributed to this report.