CRIME

Anh Duy Pham charged in two other hit-and-run crashes, faces 9 counts of attempted murder

Apr 11, 2024, 2:23 PM | Updated: 11:09 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who has been arrested for “targeting” female pedestrians in five previous crashes, has now been charged with attempted murder in two additional hit-and-run crashes.

The new charges against Anh Duy Pham are a relief to neighbors where one of the crashes was caught on camera, after weeks of waiting on answers

The first of the two now-confirmed cases happened on March 2, where Pham is accused of plowing into a woman and man as they crossed in a crosswalk at 900 S. 1300 East. The woman told KSL TV she saw previous news reports about Pham and reached back out to police about her case. She suffered a broken hip and concussion.

The second case happened 10 days later on T Street in the Avenues, and it was caught on home surveillance camera video obtained by KSL just a few days ago.

“I was horrified,” said Laurie McCrea, who lives on the street.

She heard the crash, and her son ran outside to help the woman. She explained that, at first, she thought it was an accident, but that changed once she saw her neighbor’s surveillance footage.

“I realized that this guy had targeted her,” she said.

In the home surveillance footage, the car is seen driving to the wrong side of the road to barrel into the woman while she walks.

“He came right for her. He adjusted to come right for her and hit,” McCrea said.

Moments before a Salt Lake City woman is hit by a white car in the Avenues.

Moments before a Salt Lake City woman is hit by a white car in the Avenues. (KSL Newsradio)

Thanks to that surveillance video, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office said it was able to connect the case to the others against Pham.

“This is intentional behavior,” said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. “This is targeted behavior, and in some cases, we have alleged that it even indicates sort of predatory behavior.”

Pham was originally charged with multiple first-degree felony charges of attempted murder in four hit-and-run cases involving six victims:

Gill explained that right now, they are not currently screening any other hit-and-run cases against Pham, but that could change as he calls for all law enforcement agencies in Salt Lake County to review unresolved hit-and-run cases from the past six to 12 months.

Summit County told KSL TV that they’re investigating Pham for a March 5 hit-and-run in Park City.

Anh Duy Pham appearing virtually before a 3rd District Court judge on March 27, 2024.

As far as the new charges, the DA’s office Thursday filed three counts of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, two counts of failure to stop at a serious injury accident, a third-degree felony, and one count of failure to stop at an injury accident, a class A misdemeanor.

In all, Pham faces a total of nine counts of attempted murder in the six hit-and-runs, six counts of failure to stop at serious injury accident, a third-degree felony, and three counts of class A misdemeanor failure to stop at injury accident.

Gill said the attempted murder charges can carry a prison term of five years to life if convicted.

“It is just by the grace of God that nobody has died thus far,” he said.

In the hit-and-run outside McCrea’s house, according to court documents, the woman lost consciousness and suffered a brain bleed and concussion.

While McCrea still wonders why Pham allegedly targeted women, she can at least stop worrying over an accused serial hit-and-run driver still being out there.

“He needs to be off the streets,” she said.

She’s thankful for the work of police, victims, and others to connect the cases thus far.

“There’s people that get away with it that are never found, and he probably thought that, too, I would bet,” she said. “And so, I’m grateful.”

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Anh Duy Pham charged in two other hit-and-run crashes, faces 9 counts of attempted murder