Victim Of Fatal Carjacking Crash Remembered


CENTERVILLE (ABC4 Utah News) – The victim of Monday’s fatal crash following a carjacking incident was a Jazmyn Jeppson, a 21 year old Farmington woman who recently returned home from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On Tuesday, paper hearts with religious messages decorated the door of the Jeppson’s house in Farmington. Her family was not ready to talk today but their next door neighbor and LDS Bishop David Francis shared his memories.

“Jazmyn was full of life,” Francis said. “She was just a happy person who had an infectious smile. Her approach to life was live life with gusto…She loved to go hiking. She loved to be out in nature, living life and not just watching it.”

Jazmyn was a 2012 graduate of Davis High School and got her Associates Degree from BYU-Idaho in 2014. Right after graduation she served an 18 month LDS Church mission in Houston Texas. She just returned home from that mission 6 weeks ago and started a new job as a receptionist at Stout Building Contractors in Centerville.

Lieutenant Kenton Pies of the Kaysville Police Department said she was leaving work at 4:50 pm Monday when the crash occurred.

“Speaking to the family it appears that this female Jazmyn Jeppson was possibly on her way home from work and crossed paths with this individual,” Lt. Pies told ABC4 Utah News.

Bishop Francis said the Jeppson still enjoyed serving people after her mission and was on her way to a Church activity.

“She had just received a calling in a singles ward to be a Family Home Evening Coordinator and was on her way to get set up for an activity at a singles Family Home Evening last night when the accident took place,” Francis said.

The suspect driving the stolen Volkswagen that hit her car at Interstate 15 and Parrish Lane is 28 year old Anthony Santos Cruz who is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say he was armed with a knife when he stole two cars and attempted to carjack several others.

His alleged accomplice 22 year old Michelle Jenifer Vigil was booked into the Davis County Jail last night on an aggravated robbery charge and outstanding warrants.

If Anthony Cruz approached your car Monday in Kaysville or if you saw anything on I-15 between Kaysville and Centerville around 4:30 to 4:50 pm, call Kaysville Police.

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