SANDY — A woman hit by a car while jogging Wednesday morning died.
Renee Fleckenstein, 62, of Sandy, was in a crosswalk at the intersection of 1000 East and 11400 South when a vehicle making a left turn hit her about 6:30 a.m.
"It sent her 30 feet in the air. She comes down on her head, suffers major head trauma," said Sandy Police Sgt. Victor Quezada.
Fleckenstein was flown to University Hospital where she died a short time later.
Initially, detectives had a hard time identifying the victim because she was not carrying any identification. Her husband called police later in the morning to report that his wife had not shown up for work, said Sandy Police Sgt. Justin Chapman. That lead to the husband being directed to the hospital to help with identification of the woman.
The driver of the vehicle is a 36-year-old woman who told police she "just didn't see the jogger," Quezada said. "She is very distraught."
Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be factors. Detectives were still investigating whether speed played a role. There were no witnesses and no traffic cameras at the intersection, Chapman said.
Fleckenstein was wearing headphones connected to an iPod when she was hit
Investigators did not know whether the iPod figured into the accident either, but Quezada said it was a reminder to all motorists and joggers to be aware of their surroundings. Joggers who wear headphones should turn their music down so they can hear approaching vehicles and other outside noises, he said.
— Pat Reavy