Darrell Allen Day | Utah County Jail

AMERICAN FORK — Police arrested an American Fork man in connection with a fatal auto-pedestrian, hit-and-run accident earlier this week.

Darrell Allen Day, 37, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving death. He was arrested after contacting police on Wednesday and turning himself in, according to American Fork police.

Detectives had been looking for the driver of a white Dodge Ram pickup truck since Monday night when a 64-year-old man crossing the road in a dark area was hit.

According to a jail booking affidavit, Scott Sleator, who recently moved from Colorado to American Fork, was actually struck by two vehicles, but the second vehicle stayed at the scene. The victim was propelled into oncoming traffic after being hit by the pickup, and was then hit by a second vehicle that attempted to brake but couldn’t stop, the affidavit states.

“We found the pedestrian had been walking in the middle of the road, not in a crosswalk, and in a dark area of the road,” the affidavit states.

After initially slowing down and appearing as though he was about to pull over, Day accelerated and drove off, according to police.

On Tuesday, police released photos of the truck taken from surveillance video from a nearby gas station.

From that video, police “were eventually able to determine the neighborhood the suspect vehicle likely came from. While investigators were canvassing that neighborhood a citizen called into the police department with a tip of who they believed owned the truck,” police stated.

Police say a person who recognized Day’s truck talked to him and encouraged him to turn himself in.

“Day told us that he believed he had struck something like a dog or a deer. Day also admitted to …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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