Bystander killed after teen in stolen vehicle crashes into home

May 25, 2023, 10:21 PM | Updated: May 26, 2023, 6:16 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A bystander was killed after a teen driver of a stolen car crashed into several houses.

The 24-year-old man killed in the crash was identified by police as Adrian Hernandez-Rodriguez.

According to West Valley City Police Department, at approximately 7:05 p.m., an officer spotted a stolen vehicle at 3100 S Redwood Road.

The officer, who was in an unmarked police car, began to follow the stolen car to see where it went. Officers chose to not pursue the car or begin a chase, police said.

The car turned onto 3100 heading west, entering a neighborhood, when it stopped near Lehi Drive, east of Beaver Street, police said. At this point, three people got out of the car, and police approached the vehicle.

Then, the driver got back in while the passengers fled on foot.

An officer in the neighborhood threw down spike strips as the suspect attempted to drive off.

Officers let the driver go and as they fled, they hit the spike strips.

The driver still did not stop and continued to speed away until a few hundred yards away when the driver lost control of the car.

The driver then hit a patrol car and launched through two yards, crashing into through a chain-link fence and then into a house where the driver hit and killed a 24-year-old bystander who was on the porch.

The car continued, crashing through the front of another home and then into the next yard where it hit two other cars before coming to a stop.

The driver got out of the car and laid on the ground.

Police took the underage 15-year-old driver into custody. He was treated for minor injuries.

During the crash, the driver also hit a gas line, causing an evacuation in the area.

The passengers were a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old female.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

FILE - This Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, shows Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home which is oper...

Brianna Chavez

Utahn recounts how attempted arson at the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. was prevented

Several bystanders, including two from Utah, were able to prevent a 26-year-old woman from burning down the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday evening. The incident has since sparked national attention.

3 hours ago

Matt Cavanaugh ran the Salt Lake City Marathon in freezing weather on April 22. This was his fourth...

Kaigan Mears Bigler

12 marathons, 1 year, 1 kidney: A Park City man’s race to raise awareness

Even with only one kidney, 44-year-old Park City resident Matt Cavanaugh will be running his 12th marathon of the year on Sunday, completing his goal of completing 12 marathons, each in under three hours, in 2023.

3 hours ago

The family of a young girl who fell from a bedroom window said they want other people to install ex...

Shelby Lofton

Family of 8-year-old girl seriously injured after second-story window fall shares safety warning

The family of a young girl who fell from a bedroom window said they want other people to install extra protection locks on their windows.

7 hours ago

FILE — The Kane County Sheriff's Office took four people into custody Friday following a traffic...

Mark Jones

Four individuals arrested in fentanyl bust in Kanab

The Kane County Sheriff's Office took four people into custody Friday following a traffic stop that resulted in the discovery of several package of fentanyl pills.

8 hours ago

A house fire in Box Elder County Friday left a family displaced. (Tremonton Fire Department)...

Mark Jones

Family displaced following house fire in Box Elder County

The Tremonton Fire Department says a house fire Friday in Thatcher has left a family displaced.

9 hours ago

(Andrew Adams/KSL TV)...

Andrew Adams

Sandy mailman has holiday side hustle as Santa’s helper

He has worked as a mailman for nearly four decades and knows his route on the Sandy bench by heart. For the past 20 years, however, Ray Berrett has had a side hustle -- for Santa Claus.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Bystander killed after teen in stolen vehicle crashes into home