Cops probe hit and run
July 10, 2009
No suspects have been identified in a hit-and-run investigation that involved a bicyclist in the Snyderville Basin in June, the authorities said.
The victim, who lives in Summit County, was bleeding when he told a dispatcher June 24 that while he was riding a bicycle on a road that is non-public in the area of White Pine Canyon the driver of a silver Dodge Ram 2500 hit him and fled the scene, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident occurred at about 4 p.m.
"The traffic division is having a difficult time collecting the evidence from the complainant," Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ron Bridge said. "He has not responded to numerous phone calls made to him."
The bicyclist refused treatment for his injuries at the scene of the crash, Bridge said.
"Which means he wasn’t bad enough to be transported," Bridge explained about the injuries.
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Meanwhile, hit-and-run incidents on private roads are investigated as aggressively as those on public thoroughfares, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.
More serious moving violations like driving under the influence and reckless driving are enforced actively in gated communities like Promontory, Glenwild and The Colony, Edmunds explained in a telephone interview Friday.
"Anywhere in the state of Utah, the elements for DUI are actual physical control over a vehicle, and if you operate (a vehicle) with a willful or wanton disregard for life or property, even if it’s on a private road, that still could be a criminal violation," Edmunds said. "Hit and run, would definitely rise to that level. It’s a significant vehicular-associated crime."
Hit-and-run accidents in private parking lots are investigated when somebody is injured or the damage exceeds $1,000, the sheriff said.
"If we have a hit-and-run at the Albertson’s parking lot over here at Quarry Village, that’s private property, that’s not public property," Edmunds added. "But that fact that somebody caused reportable damage to a vehicle and left that scene, that’s a violation."
But enough manpower isn’t available for regularly enforcing traffic laws in private communities, he said.
"It’s not that we can’t enforce in those We would love to do more of that, but we have enough problems trying to enforce the traffic code on county roads and state roads," Edmunds said. "Those have to take priority over private roads."