Update: Police ID victim of fatal Salt Lake City hit-and-run accident, suspect still outstanding

Police have identified a person of interest after a 78-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle as he crossed 400 South in Salt Lake City early Sunday morning. Photos Courtesy: Salt Lake City Police Department

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 16, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a 78-year-old man who died after being struck by a vehicle as he crossed 400 South in Salt Lake City Feb. 7.

“The victim has been identified as Tai Lam,” said a tweet from Salt Lake City Police Department. “We are still attempting to identify the suspect and locate the vehicle.”

SLCPD Lt. Carlos Valencia told Gephardt Daily the incident happened at about 12:11 a.m. at 200 West and 400 South as the man was pushing a shopping cart across the street against the light. Lam was conscious and breathing when he was transported to the hospital. He was immediately taken into surgery, but died a short while later.

A follow-up tweet from SLCPD said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after initial police contact.

Investigators would like to speak with the man in this photograph. He was driving a silver Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon XL which may have cosmetic front-end damage. The license plate on the vehicle is a Utah ‘In God We Trust’ plate with an American flag.

Photos Courtesy: Salt Lake City Police Department

Anyone who has any information about this incident or the driver who fled the scene is asked to call SLCPD at 801-799-3000 and reference case 21-21687.

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