Killed 1 Pedestrian and Injured 2: Early on Sunday morning, there were two hit-and-run accidents in Salt Lake City, one of which resulted in the victim’s death. Around 1:45 a.m., police were notified of the first incident after someone saw a man lying on the ground close to 700 East and 500 South. The individual was declared deceased at the scene after police arrived, according to Salt Lake City Police.
“When someone hits someone and then keeps driving, it is troubling. In addition to being required by law to stop and provide aid, it is also morally right to do so, “Brent Weisberg, an SLCPD public information officer, remarked. “It is quite saddening that someone could hit someone in the road and then leave them to die.”
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The victim is a 31-year-old guy who hasn’t yet had his name made public. According to police, the man was in the crosswalk when a pickup truck driving south on 700 East struck him and continued without stopping. A smaller, dark-colored Chevrolet pickup with damage to its front end is the subject of the investigation.
Around 4:45 in the morning, a second hit-and-run occurred in the Ballpark area. Two teens, 13 and 14, were reportedly struck by a pickup truck moving west on the 13th when they crossed 1300 South in a crosswalk at West Temple. The teenagers’ injuries were severe but not life-threatening. The car, which did not stop at the site, looking to be dragging the teenagers, according to Salt Lake City Fire Department members.
Although they stated it does not appear that the two incidents are connected at this point in their investigation, police are also looking for a dark-colored pickup in this case. According to a prepared press statement from SLCPD Chief Mike Brown, “I am very concerned about what is happening on our roadways.” “Four persons have been harmed while crossing the street in our city since Friday.
And tragically, a guy was killed overnight after being struck by a truck and abandoned in the street. It’s not acceptable. The two other pedestrian injuries mentioned by Brown occurred on Friday morning when a car struck two kids crossing the road with a crossing guard present, close to 1700 South and 700 East. Police stated that the driver is cooperating, and although the kids were brought to the hospital, they are expected to recover fully.
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Weisberg claims that maintaining pedestrian and motorist safety on the roadways requires a collective effort but that it is the responsibility of the drivers. He said that all road users, including pedestrians and other road users, have a responsibility to slow down, look out for pedestrians, and be aware of approaching vehicles.
Weisberg counseled to find a way to be seen when walking, particularly at night. You don’t necessarily need to wear a full luminous vest, but it’s a good idea to make sure you have lights that can be attached to your clothing or jacket and turn on your cellphone’s lamp, he advised.