Motorcyclist dead, driver at large after West Valley City collision

Utah Highway Patrol officials have identified the motorcyclist that died in a hit-and-run crash on State Route 201 in West Valley City on Friday morning. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, April 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A motorcyclist is dead and a motorist left his car and fled on foot after early morning collision on State Route 201.

Witnesses told Utah Highway Patrol investigators that one or both of the vehicles had been driving aggressively prior to the collision, which happened on State Route 201 at about 2700 West, just west of Interstate 215.

“We have a witness who stated he saw both vehicles not maintaining their lane, as well as traveling at a little bit higher rate of speed than the rest of the traffic,” Sgt. Justin Dial, Utah Highway Patrol, said at the scene.

One man died and a second fled after a motorcycle-car collision in West Valley City on April 19, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

Additional witnesses saw the man walking away from the scene, Dial said.

The name of the victim has not been released, pending family notification. Dial said leads are being followed to locate the car’s driver, described only as a white man.

Dial did not say whether the silver sedan was stolen or whether the name on the registration might lead to the driver.

One man died and a second fled after a motorcycle-car collision in West Valley City on April 19, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

The accident happened in the 3 a.m. hour, and part the roadway remained closed to traffic until about 8 a.m., heavily impacting rush hour traffic.

Anyone who may have more information about the collision or the people involved is asked to call the Utah Highway Patrol dispatch at 801-887-3800.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this story as information becomes available.

 

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