SANDY — The man who was ejected from a car and tossed 30 to 40 feet onto the pavement in a high-speed crash that possibly involved a drunken driver, died from his injuries Wednesday.
Clinton Miller, 38, was hospitalized in critical condition "with head injuries and brain bleed" following the Oct. 18 crash, according to charging documents. Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said Miller died from his injuries on Wednesday.
Now, Sandy police will be returning to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office next week to seek amended charges against Jeffrey Travis Pettit, 34, of Sandy.
Prosecutors say Pettit was behind the wheel of a car about 11 p.m. on Oct. 18 traveling north on Sandy Parkway near 9100 South, when he veered off the side of the road and hit a tree, causing the vehicle to spin out before coming to a stop. The impact from the collision tossed Miller out of the car.Comment on this story
Pettit, however, walked away from the crash scene before police arrived.
"He told (his friend) he'd been driving over 100 mph when he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree," according to charging documents. "Pettit said he fled from the scene of the accident because he was drunk. Pettit became emotional and said he'd 'hurt Clinton.'"
Pettit was located by police the next day at his home and was arrested. He was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with leaving the scene of a serious accident, a third-degree felony.