SANDY, Utah, Oct. 26, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A man who was critically injured in a late night crash on Sandy Parkway near 9120 S. 420 West last week has died.
Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said Clinton Miller, 39, from Sandy, passed away Wednesday, one week after the crash.
Miller was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jeffrey Travis Pettit, 34, also from Sandy.
Nielsen told Gephardt Daily that the accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18 when Pettit, who was driving northbound in a Mazda, lost control and hit a fence and series of light poles before smashing his car into a tree.
The car spun back into the roadway, ejecting Miller, who landed 50 feet away in a nearby parking lot.
Miller was rushed to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition, and although his condition was later upgraded, he subsequently passed away.
Another man who was inside the vehicle ran from the accident site and has yet to be found.
Pettit, who was located by police the day after the crash, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with third-degree felony leaving the scene of a serious accident, as well as other charges.
A probable cause statement from Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Pettit was seen crawling out of the damaged vehicle after it came to a stop, and was seen checking on the victim before fleeing the accident scene on foot.
A witness contacted police after seeing both the accident, and Pettit fleeing the scene. After being read his Miranda rights, Pettit told officers he was driving the vehicle, and knew the victim was seriously injured when he ran away.