Police still looking for suspect who hit skateboarder, took off

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – A 33-year-old man remains in serious condition two weeks after being hit by a vehicle.

A spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Department said the driver who hit the man has not been found.

The 33-year-old was on his skateboard traveling near 700 South and 250 West, October 5.  Police said he was hit about 7:30 p.m.

“We didn’t have any witnesses at the time of the accident that’s why this video is so important,” said Sgt. Brandon Shearer.

Police obtained surveillance video from a nearby business and it gave detectives their first glimpse of the vehicle they hit the skateboarder.

The 33-year-old victim remains in serious condition.

The video showed the skateboarder on the north side of 700 South and going in a westerly direction.  Then the video captured a white vehicle that appeared to cross the traffic lane and hit the 33-year-old.

“He dragged him several feet,” said Sgt. Shearer.

The video also shows the driver of the vehicle making a U turn and head west on 700 south, leaving the skateboarder on the road.

“You can just kind of see the vehicle involved and it appears to be a white Isuzu Rodeo with a spare tire on the back,” said Sgt. Shearer.  “Maybe someone has a neighbor or relative who has damage on the vehicle.  It will help us solve the case.”

Sgt. Shearer said it’s a good reminder for anyone on the roadways or sidewalks to wear clothing drivers will see.  He said it is getting dark earlier and awareness is very important.
As for the driver of the vehicle that took off Sgt. Shearer said the situation has escalated into a bigger problem.

“If you’re in a vehicle and involved in an accident it’s much easier to stay,” he said. “In most cases you would get a small traffic citation if you were involved in the accident.  But if you flee whether you were responsible or not you could be facing more serious criminal charges.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 801-799-3000. Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637. Please start your text with TIPSLCPD, which routes it to the police department. Then include any relevant information. Reference: case #17-190481.   

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