Police ID Driver Involved in Deadly Hit and Run

Police ID Driver Involved in Deadly Hit and Run

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News Specialist Sam Penrod reportingOrem Police have finished their investigation into a deadly hit and run car accident which killed a Lehi teenager ten days ago.

They've identified a driver who was involved in the crash, and turned the case over to the city attorney's office for possible charges.

Police have been investigating this case since the accident happenned, and say the driver of what had been a mystery vehicle has come forward with an attorney.

They do not believe the accident was the result of road rage.

This accident happend about ten p.m. on Saturday January 4th on North State Street in Orem.

A 1998 red Saturn was travelling about 55 miles per hour when it was struck by what police say was a Toyota Camry, driven by 21 year old Logan Gibbons of Pleasant Grove.

The accident caused the Saturn to roll and killed 18 year old Antonio Ramirez of Lehi, who was riding in the back seat and was ejected.

"We know the driver of the Camry knew that there was an accident.", said Greg Gaines, Orem City Dept. of Public Safety, "His explaination was that he panicked and decided to go home instead of staying at the scene and providing us with information we needed."

"I am relived that he was found", the victim's mother Viginia Montero said, "but what I am not pleased with is that he did not think that he had caused as much trouble or problems to my son, or that he had killed my son."

News reports on the crash eventually led to Gibbons contacting police with his attorney.

His car sustained 15- hundred dollars damage from the collision.

Gibbons told investigators that he saw the Saturn skidding through his rearview mirror but didn't realize how serious the accident had been until he saw the news reports.

Police are recommending the city attorney consider charges of improper lookout, dangerous lane change, and leaving the scene of the accident.

A decision is not expected on charges for several days.

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