Police searching for driver involved in West Valley City hit-and-run

Apr 13, 2022, 12:36 PM | Updated: 12:37 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in a hit-and-run crash in West Valley City that left a man in serious condition.

The incident happened in the area of 4800 West and 4100 South around 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Officials with the West Valley City Police Department said the driver of a silver SUV ran a red light and hit a man that was riding a bicycle.

Luckily, a fire engine was waiting at the stoplight and the firefighting crew inside saw the whole incident.

“To see it happen right in front of you, try to figure out what just happened and then what to do was a lot different than being dispatched, being told what’s going on, being told what mostly to expect,” said Capt. Denver Rigby with the West Valley City Fire Department.

Rigby and his team immediately parked the engine, threw on the lights, and jumped out to help.

He said the cyclist was still moving a little on the ground, bleeding and semi-conscious.

“Some of the vitals that we saw, we thought, ‘This is it. We’re fighting a losing battle,’” he said.

As they worked to keep the man alive, Rigby saw the driver in the SUV that hit the man speed off.

“It was gone. It was gone. It did not even slow down, didn’t even stop,” he said.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect vehicle — a 2004-2009 Chevrolet Equinox with a trailer hitch — on Wednesday.

“It did not have plates. It likely has front grill, hood & windshield damage,” read a tweet from WVCPD.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call police at 801-840-4000 and reference case WV22-29142.

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Police searching for driver involved in West Valley City hit-and-run