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Police: Man charged in fatal hit-and-run admitted to seeing ‘silhouette of a person’ just prior to incident

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UPDATE 11/25/2019: The man arrested for hitting, killing pedestrian in American Fork, then leaving the scene, has been formally charged.

Darrell Day, of West Jordan, was charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death.

Surveillance footage shows a man walking in the road , not in a crosswalk and in a dark area in American Fork. The footage shows a man driving a white truck strike the pedestrian without making any effort to brake or swerve before hitting the man.

After the pedestrian was hit, the truck is seen braking for a few seconds then quickly accelerate away from the scene.

The pedestrian was propelled into a second vehicle whose driver remained at the scene and called 911. That driver told officers he noticed the pedestrian but could not stop in time before striking him.

During the course of the investigation, police posted photos of the truck believed to be involved on social media.Through an anonymous tip, they were able to then identify the driver as Day.

Day eventually contacted American Fork Police after someone texted him an article showing him they were looking for him.

During an interview with police, Day admitted he saw the “silhouette of a person” immediately before impact but then tried to talk himself out of the possibility of it being a human and left the scene because he did not want to go to jail.

A 10 year background check for Day shows he was convicted of attempted possession of a dangerous weapon and drug possession in 2014 and domestic violence related disorderly conduct in 2013.


UPDATE 11/20/2019: The American Fork Police Department says they have located the vehicle and driver involved in the deadly hit and run crash from Monday.

The 37-year -old Darrell Day was located at 280 East Main Street in American Fork at 8 p.m., according to detectives.

Day has since been interviewed detectives say he has been booked into jail.


UPDATE – Police have released surveillance photos in hopes the public can help recognize the truck they believe was involved in a fatal hit and run crash in American Fork on Monday night.

A statement released by American Fork Police said they located surveillance video from a nearby business.

“The video shows a clear picture of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian. I have attached a couple photos of the truck. There is also a reward being offered for any information leading to arrest and successful prosecution of the individual involved.”

Anyone who may have information about this accident to please contact the American Fork Police Department at 801-763-3020 or Central Utah Dispatch at 801-794-3970.


AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 News) – One person is dead after they were hit by a truck in American Fork Monday night.

American Fork police responded to a pedestrian who had been hit by a vehicle in the area of 280 East Main around 8 p.m.

Police said officers and EMS personnel arrived on the scene to find the pedestrian had suffered fatal injuries, and the vehicle that hit the pedestrian did not remain on scene.

“This street is dark, so it is possible the driver did not realize they hit a pedestrian,” said police in a news release.

After gathering evidence, investigators believe the vehicle that hit the pedestrian is a 2006-2009 white Dodge Ram with a cargo style shell with double doors on the rear.

Police believe the vehicle “will likely have damage to the driver’s headlight area.”

Police are putting out a call for the driver to come forward and speak to them. They are also asking anyone who may have seen the crash to contact them with any information.

The driver and possible witnesses are asked to contact the American Fork Police Department at 801-763-3020 or Central Utah Dispatch at 801-794-3970.

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