LAYTON The Utah Highway Patrol confirms it has a suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a teenage girl.
Chelsea Smith Peaslee, 15, was killed about 11 p.m. Saturday while trying to cross Interstate 15 near the Layton Hills Mall. The UHP said it has identified someone investigators are questioning, who may have fled after plowing into the girl.
"We've got some leads that are pretty good leads," UHP Trooper Cameron Roden said Monday afternoon. "You could say a suspect."
Roden would not release any more information, saying the investigation is ongoing. Troopers said evidence from the hit-and-run was scattered over several miles, and seems to indicate the car involved was a dark blue late 1990s or early 2000 model sedan.
Roden said criminal charges could be filed soon in the case.
"I'm pretty sure it's going to be more than leaving the scene of an accident," he said.
Peaslee's family is pleading for someone to step up and say what happened.
"Please come forward and give us some closure," Chelsea's mother, Stephanie Peaslee, said in an interview Sunday with KSL-TV.
Peaslee was a student at Central Davis Junior High and played soccer. A fund to help pay for a funeral has been set up at US Bank. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday in Layton.Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call Davis County emergency dispatchers at 801-451-4150.
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