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Sandra Yi reportingA hit and run accident in South Salt Lake Wednesday night leaves a man in his 50’s dead.
This is the 5th auto-pedestrian accident this week. But this is the first where a driver left the scene.
The accident occurred on a busy section of road near 1100 W. 3900 South. Police say he was walking across the road, and was initially hit by a truck. Then the victim was hit again by a second car after the initial impact.
The second car, a blue Saturn, did not stop, but police were able to track it to an apartment complex a couple of miles away. There was a trail of leaking transmission fluid from the car.
Police are questioning the 18-year-old driver of the second car, along with his female passenger.
The driver of the westbound truck did stop after hitting the victim.
Police are not sure why the victim was crossing the street. They say the victim does live in the area, but he was not in a crosswalk.
Sgt. Steve Daniels, South Salt Lake Police Dept.: ”Most likely the first impact of the vehicle, that our victim went down at that point. But that is all still under investigation. This is really kinda dark out here. I am not sure why he was crossing… If he was walking in the middle of the road, we just don’t know what he was actually doing in the roadway.”
The driver that left the scene may face charges in this case.