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Body found on I-15 was a 17-year-old boy, UHP says

The Utah Highway Patrol on Friday identified a person who died Thursday on I-15 as a 17-year-old boy. Troopers believe he was hit by a semitruck near 900 North in Salt Lake City. (Jay Hancock, KSL-TV)



SALT LAKE CITY — A person found dead on southbound I-15 early Thursday was identified as a 17-year-old boy, the Utah Highway Patrol said Friday.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, motorists reported a body on southbound I-15 near 900 North. Troopers discovered that he had been struck, possibly by a semitruck, according to UHP Lt. Wade Breur.

"What's unique about this crash is that we have no vehicle involved. But obviously, this individual has been struck by a vehicle. No vehicle stayed on scene," Breur said. If a semitruck hit him, the driver may not know they struck someone, he added.

Troopers shut down the freeway for several hours to gather evidence and document the scene. It reopened before rush hour.

The 17-year-old was identified Friday morning and his family was notified. But the teen's name has not yet been released because of "the circumstances surrounding the death," said UHP Cpl. Michael Gordon.

The UHP said it is still investigating why the teen was on the freeway and how he was hit.

Contributing: Ashley Fredde, KSL.com

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