11-year-old killed, driver at large in West Valley City hit and run

Aug 11, 2022, 8:10 AM | Updated: 8:09 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Police are looking for the driver who hit and killed an 11-year-old boy.

It happened late Wednesday night in West Valley City while the boy was walking home with his mom.

Police said they had just gotten off the bus stop when the mother said, in an instant, her son was gone.

“I didn’t see it and I didn’t hear it,” said Gary Ellison, who lives across the street from the hit and run scene.

Neighbors who live along 4000 West say they’re used to seeing and hearing crashes.

Remnants of a deadly hit and run have left them shaken.

“Recycling can was still out and I come out to get it this morning and it was the yellow police caution tape in there,” Ellison said.

“I heard the big noise like a car hit something,” said Bruno Rodriguez Ramirez.

Around 11:40 p.m., Ramirez was leaving for his graveyard shift at work.

“There is somebody really screaming,” he said. “A lady was crying at that house right there.”

Across the street from his house, he said he saw a mother performing CPR on her young son.

Ramirez remembers him lying on the ground.

“It’s bad because I don’t know if he’s dead or not,” he said.

He remembers seeing a car take off right after the boy was hit.

“It’s sad. It’s really bad,” Ramirez said.

“If they catch him, I think they ought to go to jail and stay there,” Ellison said. “To me, that’s just plain recklessness.”

West Valley City police say they’re looking for a gray or silver Toyota Tacoma, or a truck that looks similar.

They said this vehicle has damage on its front end.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash has been asked to call police at 801-840-4000.

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11-year-old killed, driver at large in West Valley City hit and run