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Man dies in head-on crash in Ogden after stealing car, police say

Man dies in head-on crash in Ogden after stealing car, police say

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OGDEN — A man who died Friday evening after driving into oncoming traffic near the 900 block on 12th Street was driving a stolen vehicle, authorities said Saturday.

The 31-year-old was eastbound on 12th Street when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a van.

Ogden Police received reports of a robbery Friday about 9:13 p.m., they said. According to a news release, the man approached an occupied vehicle in the Newgate Mall parking lot and opened its door. The driver closed the door and quickly drove away.

The man then approached another vehicle nearby, demanding the woman inside get out and give him the keys. He left the scene in her Hyundai Sonata.

"He just walked up and knocked on her window and told her to get out of the car," said Lt. Matthew Ward of Ogden police. "And she complied with what he told her to do. He jumped in the car and left."

Police say the man then stopped at a Maverik gas station and stole a pack of cigarettes.

"When the lady started ringing him up, he just told her to hand over the cigarettes," Ward said. "She didn't, so he walked around the counter and grabbed the pack of cigarettes and left."

The man left in the Sonata and swerved into oncoming traffic on 12th Street. Ward said they do not know what caused him to do so.

He died at the scene. Police say the driver of the van was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police believe the man was acting alone and that there is "no ongoing threat to public safety."

Contributing: Mehul Asher, KSL

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