Teen driver fatally strikes 24-year-old man in West Valley City

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – A 15-year-old boy stole a car and drove at a high rate before falling to negotiate a curve and fatally striking a 24-year-old man standing outside his home Thursday.

Gephardt Daily said the collision took place around 7 p.m. in the area of 3100 South and Beaver Street. Police officers took notice of the stolen vehicle and followed the teenage driver and the passengers with him – a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy –  from a distance in an unmarked police vehicle.

When an officer stopped the driver’s car, the passengers got out, while the driver got out and then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle.

Spike strips were used to block the teen’s pat. However, he crashed into three houses, into two police cruisers, and a gas meter, before hitting the 24-year-old man, later identified as Adrian Hernandez-Rodriguez, who suffered fatal injuries.

The teen driver surrendered and did sustain injuries. He was booked into custody. Police have not released his name due to his status as a minor, and they have not indicated the pending charges.


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