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Police: Don't leave auto-pedestrian crash even when victim says, 'I'm fine'

By Andrew Adams, | Posted - Aug 14th, 2014 @ 10:28pm

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LOGAN — Police and a Logan woman are asking for help to find the driver involved in a Monday auto-pedestrian crash that left a Utah State University grad student hurting.

“My hope is that the driver will see this and just come forward and do the right thing,” Steph Allred, a witness to the collision, said Thursday.

Allred said she watched as a tan, 4-door Hyundai struck the 29-year-old woman as it turned right from 100 East to head west on 400 North. The woman went over the hood and ended up on the ground.

“I was just really shocked,” Allred recalled. “I was just staring at Lili (the victim), you know, trying to see if she was okay.”

Allred said the driver opened her door to ask if the victim was alright, but then left “30 seconds” later.

The victim, according to Allred and police, initially said she was okay. Allred said she soon discovered the woman, who is from China, had a language barrier and was in fact suffering from injuries.

“She had a big bump on her head and she was feeling really dizzy,” Allred said. “She thought that she would get in trouble for not having insurance even though she was a pedestrian.”

The victim — who only wished to be identified by her first name “Lili” — declined an interview through Allred.

“At Instacare, they were worried that she might have internal injuries in her brain,” Allred said.

Allred said the tests showed the ailing woman was largely free of those injuries, but the woman is now facing some expensive medical bills.

From a police department perspective, we would always rather a person err on the side of caution, have us come over and be a party to the situation.

–Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen

Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said investigators did a full accident report, but were unable to find surveillance video or any other clues that would be useful in locating the driver.

Jensen said detectives would like to talk to the driver, and said it is a good policy to involve police in auto-pedestrian crashes even when a victim says, “I’m fine.”

“They may feel like they’re not hurt, but within 24-hours they start to feel that maybe they did take a pretty good hit,” Jensen said. “From a police department perspective, we would always rather a person err on the side of caution, have us come over and be a party to the situation.”

Allred said the tan, 4-door Hyundai may have been a Sonata or Elantra. She said the victim told her the driver was a middle-aged woman with dark hair.

Anybody with information about the collision is asked to call the Logan City Police Department at 435-716-9300.


Andrew Adams

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