American Fork Police Investigating Fatal Hit & Run
Nov 19, 2019, 6:43 PM | Updated: 8:56 pm
AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Officials with the American Fork Police Department are continuing to look for the driver of a truck that was involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 64-year-old man Monday night.
“The driver would definitely know that they hit something. Whether they realized it’s a person or not, we’re not sure,” said Lieutenant Josh Christensen with the American Fork Police Department.
Christensen said because it was dark at that time of night and there are no streetlights in the area where the man was hit, detectives think it’s possible the driver may not have seen the person.
Police were given surveillance video from Shelley’s store where you can see the truck hit the man.
Surveillance footage taken from other nearby businesses also showed the truck.
“Right after the accident, the vehicle actually began to pull to the side of the road and slowed down as if they were going to stop and then decided to keep going,” Christensen said.
Detectives recovered the driver’s side headlight assembly left behind from the impact.
Tuesday afternoon, police announced a reward is being offered for any information leading to arrest and successful prosecution of the individual involved.
Christensen said that, unfortunately, these types of crashes are happening more often in the area.
“With our population continuing to grow, our traffic and number of vehicles and people we have out on the roadways is continuing to grow,” Christensen said. “It’s a reminder we all have to pay more attention out there.”
Duff Shelley, who owns Duff Shelley Mower and Cycle off Main Street in American Fork, said he has seen that change over the last 63 years.
“There’s cars all over the place,” Shelley said.
He said life was slower in the 1950s when he first opened his store.
“We’ve been here a long time. I like the old days,” he said.
He said he knows there’s not much he can do about growth and he also worries crashes like these will continue to increase as things just keep getting busier.
“I’m glad I grew up when I did,” he said.
The truck from Monday’s incident is described as a white 2006-2009 Dodge Ram with four doors and a long bed with a utility shell and double doors on the back of the shell.
It will have extensive damage to the driver’s side front end.
The name of the man is not being released as police attempt to locate family members out of state for notification.