Troopers and deputies are investigating two related accidents Friday morning that has left a man in the hospital, with life-threatening injuries.
Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dale Ward said deputies first received a call around 3 a.m. of a vehicle that had hit a power pole east of Garland. When they arrived on the scene, they located the vehicle but could not find the suspected driver.
Two hours later, a man was allegedly hit by a car, while walking along SR-30 east of the Bear River. He was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
The man was wearing dark clothing. He is reportedly from Box Elder County but his identity is being withheld.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Nelson said troopers do not know who hit the man. Investigators are hopeful that someone who was in the area around 5:15 a.m. might have information on the accident.
“If anybody was in that area, and they saw anything suspicious – a car stopped or if they hit something and weren’t sure what it was – we would really like to talk to them, whoever that was,” said Nelson. “We would like to get their side of the story. The subject was wearing dark clothes. We don’t think he was really visible, so we honestly don’t know what we are dealing with right now.”
Troopers believe the victim in the hit-and-run was the same man who crashed his vehicle into the power pole and then wandered away from the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office, 435-734-3800.