A man who caused multiple crashes resulting in at least one fatality Saturday night has been detained by police after attempting to run on foot. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News )
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WEST VALLEY CITY — A man who caused multiple crashes resulting in at least one fatality Saturday night has been detained by police after attempting to run on foot.
Police say the 20-year-old driver first caused a two-car crash at 3100 South and Redwood Road in West Valley City, leaving the drivers with minor injuries. Following the crash, officers said the driver fled the scene southbound and continued driving.
Police say he then caused another crash at 4100 South and Redwood Road, where he went through the intersection and struck two pedestrians. One of those pedestrians, an adult man, is deceased; the other has minor injuries.
The man’s truck also struck a vehicle in the intersection, which caused a chain-reaction crash involving four other cars, police said. Injuries from this crash were minor with the exception of one driver who was critically injured.
Police said the driver of the pickup truck then abandoned his vehicle, which they say was reported stolen, and attempted to flee on foot. However, nearby police who were assisting on another call were able to capture the man and he is now in custody.
Police did not release the identity of the man who was arrested Saturday, nor that of the man who was hit and killed.
Due to this fatal crash, 4100 South and Redwood Road will be closed in all directions for some time and should be avoided.