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Hit-and-run crash in Salt Lake City leaves man extremely critical

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police were looking Friday for the driver who left the scene after hitting a pedestrian, leaving the victim in extremely critical condition.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. Thursday at 1790 S. State. A man in his 40s was crossing the street when he was hit by a silver Nissan Versa, said Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking.

Based on evidence gathered by detectives, police believe the driver stopped a few blocks away to survey the damage to the car and then took off again, Wilking said.

Wilking said based on the damage the vehicle is believed to have sustained from the collision, “there’s no way he could not have known he hit someone.”

The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition.

Police announced just after noon Friday that the vehicle believed to be involved in the crash was found abandoned just a few blocks away from the scene, but detectives were still looking for the driver. Investigators were processing the car Friday afternoon in an effort to identify the driver.

Anyone with information on the accident or the driver can call police at 801-799-3000.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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