Man charged in hit-and-run death of 73-year-old

Man charged in hit-and-run death of 73-year-old

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old man accused of hitting and killing an elderly pedestrian and then driving away has been charged.

Deryk Robledo was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a third-degree felony, and failure to yield, a class C misdemeanor.

On Nov. 25, Genaro Zaragosa-Valencia, 73, was crossing the street at 1680 South and 900 West about 7 p.m. when he was struck by a car and dragged for about 75 feet. He died from his injuries at the hospital the next day.

Based on parts of the car left at the scene, investigators identified the vehicle as a BMW, according to charging documents. A search of police records led detectives to determine that Robledo may be the driver, the charges stated.

On Nov. 30, Salt Lake police investigators found the vehicle inside a garage at a home in Woods Cross.

"The vehicle had been covered with tarps and a towel. The windshield of the BMW was shattered and appeared to have blood and hair in the glass," according to the charges.

Robledo was later arrested at his parents' home in Salt Lake City. He was on probation at the time of his arrest and was wearing an ankle monitor related to an immigration case, according to court documents.

In 2012, he pleaded guilty to wrongful appropriation and criminal trespass for attempting to burglarize a house.

Robledo's initial court appearance is set for Thursday.

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