SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A former suspect arrested for a fatal hit and run accident in in March has been cleared after police say another man confessed.
According to arresting documents Richard Bice, 56, was driving his Trailblazer east on 3300 South towards Main Street on March 9.
As the vehicle approached the light it changed from red to green, but Bice proceeded through the intersection and struck two pedestrians. One of the men hit, 42-year-old Michael Corby Westover, from Salt Lake City, died as a result of his injuries.
They say the second victim, a 33-year-old Salt Lake City man was hospitalized with head injuries.
Police said Bice fled the scene, but the incident was caught on dash camera.
Police found a vehicle abandoned at 3480 South 300 East that matched the description of the one seen in the incident.
The vehicle had severe front-end damage. It was towed and taken in as possible evidence.
During the investigation, police arrested 41-year-old Ryan Conrad Kidrick who lives in the area and only a block from where the vehicle was located. Kidrick has a long criminal history and police said he was identified through a photo lineup with a witness to the incident.
Kidrick was arrested and booked into jail for charges related to the hit and run.
Bice, who police learned was the registered owner, used to be associated with the area the vehicle was in. When originally interviewed, police said Bice lied about his involvement then reported the damaged Trailblazer stolen four days later.
Another witness told police the man driving was wearing a cap, which is similar to what Bice is known to wear and the video also showed the driver of the car had tattoos, similar to Bice.
When Bice was re-interviewed, he confessed to being the driver and gave details only the driver would know, documents state.
Bice told investigators he fled the scene because he thought he would get a DUI and did not have a valid license.
Bice has a very lengthy criminal history including drug possession, unlawful use of a dangerous weapon, obstruction of justice and failure to stop at the command of an officer. Document state he is also a known gang member.
Bice was allowed to bail out of jail after being booked on two third-degree felony failure to remain at an accident involving injury or death and one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice.