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Cops want to interview Kamas man about bike death

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Detectives hope to interview a 41-year-old Kamas man about his possible involvement in the death of Peoa resident JoAnn Krajeski who died last month as a result of a bike crash on Brown’s Canyon Road, said Josh Wall, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Somebody who called the Sheriff’s Office Aug. 4 claimed A. Jason Barto could be involved in Krajeski’s death after Barto allegedly struck a bicyclist on the Mirror Lake Highway with his pickup truck, Wall said in a telephone interview.

"There is really no evidence, but if somebody is calling to say they’re related, we want to know how they are related," Wall said. "I’m not willing to make the accusation without some evidence to back it up."

A motorist found Krajeski July 26 lying on the road unconscious at about 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, Barto was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court in the Snyderville Basin with felony aggravated assault and two traffic misdemeanors for allegedly striking a man when he intentionally swerved his pickup truck at a group of cyclists Aug. 2.

"If you’ve got somebody out there who is willing to hit a bicyclist intentionally with their vehicle, that is a weapon he is using to do that," Wall said.

Investigators cannot explain why Krajeski crashed as she rode downhill on the narrow highway about a mile from her South Summit home.

"It doesn’t look like there was any contact between her bike and any vehicle, or her and any vehicle," Wall explained. "Could somebody have forced her off the road? Could somebody have tried to hit her and forced her off the road, who knows? Those are things that we would like to talk to [Barto] about."

The proximity of the two incidents could be suspicious, he said.

"We’re talking, one side of Kamas versus the other side of Kamas," Wall said. "They both involve a bicycle. They’re a week apart to the day."

Krajeski was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but had massive head injuries, he said.

Officers collected no evidence that connects Barto to her death, Wall stressed.

The head trauma Krajeski suffered was consistent with a bicycle accident, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said about a report from the Office of the Utah Medical Examiner.

Barto has not returned telephone calls seeking comment.


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