Teen struck, killed by car while on bicycle; suspect found, arrested
Apr 26, 2022, 8:09 PM | Updated: Nov 3, 2023, 4:08 pm
WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police found and arrested a suspect Tuesday in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a 13-year-old in West Jordan.
The crash happened at 1510 West 9000 South around 6 p.m.
“According to witnesses, the juvenile was southbound crossing 9000 South, in the marked crosswalk, at the signal at 1510 West. The suspect turned right from southbound 1510 West to westbound 9000 South and struck the juvenile on their bicycle,” stated a press release from the West Jordan Police Department.
Police say the vehicle left the scene after the collision, heading southbound on 1510 West.
Life-saving measures were administered to the 13-year-old before they were transported to Intermountain Medical Center. Unfortunately, police say the teen died from their injuries while at the hospital.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m., police were able to find the suspect, a 50-year-old man, thanks to some information provided by witnesses.
“He is currently being processed and his name will be released once booked into jail,” read a tweet from the West Jordan Police Department.
UPDATE… We want to thank all of the witnesses in this case as our officers have located the suspect and arrested him. He is currently being processed and his name will be released once booked into jail.
— West Jordan Police Dept. (@WJPD_PIO) April 27, 2022
The victim’s name has not been released at this time, but police say the family has been notified, as well as the Jordan School District.
School officials say they are planning on having more mental health resources on hand for students in the coming days.
“Our hearts are broken for this family who lost their child today,” said WJPD Officer Samuel Winkler. “We have no words for why someone would leave another human in the road mortally injured and hope that the suspect does the right thing by turning themselves in.”