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26-year-old man confesses to fatal hit-and-run accident

26-year-old man confesses to fatal hit-and-run accident

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Dec. 13, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.


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TAYLORSVILLE — Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Taylorsville.

Samuel Ramos, 26, was arrested for investigation of felony leaving in the scene of an accident in connection with the death of 22-year-old Alexander Atkin.

About 2 a.m. Monday, a passerby discovered Atkin's body on the side of the road near a crosswalk at 4835 S. 2700 West. Investigators believe the accident happened sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday.

Atkin's family made a public plea Monday for the person responsible to surrender. They also held a candlelight vigil at the scene of the accident Monday night.

About 8 p.m. Monday, Taylorsville Police Sgt. Cory Snodgrass said Ramos, at the urging of his family, called police to turn himself in. Ramos' family had seen the news coverage of the accident and convinced him to call police, Snodgrass said.

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He, "admitted to having struck an object on the roadway and believed it was the victim in the case," according to Salt Lake County Jail records.

Ramos had already had the windshield of his car replaced on Monday, he said.

Investigators were still sorting through details of the accident Tuesday morning, including exactly what time it happened and whether Ramos ever stopped. Snodgrass said Ramos was on his way home from work when the accident happened.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Email: preavy@ksl.com

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