A Midvale resident who was hit by a car and thrown 130 feet while pushing his roommate's stalled car on an I-15 overpass early Thursday died of injuries later the same day.
Danial Junco-Franco, 22, a Mexican national living at 6777 S. Inglenook Drive, was taken by helicopter to LDS Hospital where he died after suffering massive head, internal and orthopedic injuries, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Cowdell.Junco-Franco was helping push Dennis Arias' Volkswagen Golf in a northbound lane of I-15 near 3300 South shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday when a man driving a pickup truck slowed to help. The truck pulled around the front of the Volkswagen so the driver could attach a tow strap when a third vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee driven by 22-year-old John W. Medina, Salt Lake City, hit Arias' car from behind, bounced off the guard rail and then hit the pickup truck, Cowdell said.
Medina had three passengers, one of whom was treated for a minor knee and leg injury at University Hospital. The other two were not injured.
Arias was treated for minor injuries at Cottonwood Hospital. "The vehicle mostly spun around him. Junco-Franco got pinned between the two vehicles and was knocked 130 feet down the freeway," Cowdell said.
The driver of the pickup truck, 37-year-old James F. Reidy of Salt Lake City, was not injured.
Medina was cited for causing an injury accident. Police are waiting for results of a blood alcohol test to determine how to pursue charges in the fatal accident, Cowdell said.