LOGAN — Police officers are investigating the death of a 62-year-old Logan man who was physically beaten by a 17-year-old boy after being falsely accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Michael Fife died April 27 at an Ogden hospital, where he was being treated for his injuries following the attack.
According to a press release from the Logan City Police Department, the 16-year-old girl claimed she was sexually assaulted by Fife while riding a CVTD bus, Tuesday afternoon, April 23. The female immediately called her 17-year-old brother and told him the allegations.
Officers report, minutes later the brother located Fife getting off the bus near 300 South 100 West. The teen ran towards the man and pushed him.
Fife allegedly fell to the sidewalk and suffered injuries to his head. He was left unconscious, lying on the sidewalk, while the assailant fled the scene on foot. Witnesses called police and paramedics to the scene. Fife was transported by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital and later transferred to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden.
Officers claim that several hours later, the 16-year-old girl called police to report the sexual assault on the bus.
Detectives later reviewed video footage from the bus. It showed Fife walking past the girl but never assaulting her.
Police are not releasing the names of the two juveniles because of their age. They are continuing to investigate and will turn the case over to the Cache County Attorney’s Office, to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.
Fife leaves behind one son. A friend has opened a GoFundMe account, to raise money to settle the cost of hospital bills, cremation, and entering into a burial plot.