Victim Of Hit-and-Run In West Valley City Dies

A West Valley resident who was hit by a suspect who was speeding and eating pizza in his car earlier this month has died, police said. Photo Courtesy: WVCPD

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, April 22, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A West Valley resident who was hit by a suspect who was speeding and eating pizza in his car earlier this month has died, police said.

Kory Hansen, 38, was in critical condition after the April 6 crash. West Valley City Police Department said Friday he has died.

Hansen was walking across Redwood Road at approximately 10:15 p.m. He was hit while crossing east to west near the intersection with Warnock Avenue and 2530 South.

“A dark-colored four-door sedan, possibly a 2010 or newer Honda, was traveling south on Redwood Road,” said a prepared statement from the WVCPD.

“A witness stated that the suspect was driving recklessly from California Avenue, making lane changes and speeding while eating pizza.

Suspect Vehicle
The suspect vehicle was captured on a surveillance camera. Photo Courtesy: WVC Police

“The witness saw Hansen crossing Redwood Road, but told investigators that the suspect vehicle didn’t slow down, and struck Hansen in the second southbound lane, causing him to fly in the air several car lengths.”

Hansen suffered serious trauma from being hit.

A GoFundMe page set up to help Hansen had raised $7,544 Friday.

The suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, was alone in the car. The suspect fled the scene southbound on Redwood Road.

Damage to the suspect vehicle is expected to be found on the front end on the passenger side and over to the front passenger side quarter panel. Dents and broken lights are likely.

The vehicle is reported to have a paper rear plate of some kind, perhaps from a dealer. The suspect vehicle was likely seen by an officer traveling west on 4700 South from Redwood Road shortly after the crash.

The West Valley City Police Department asks that anyone who might have information about this case, please call 801-840-4000.


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