SOUTH JORDAN — A man in a stolen vehicle who police believe was fleeing from a hit-and-run crash was involved in a second crash moments later, killing a Herriman woman in a minivan, police say.
About 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, a pickup truck ran a red light at the intersection of Lake Avenue (11000 South) and Mountain View Corridor and was T-boned by a minivan, said South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington.
The driver of the minivan, Pearl Iata, 38, was pinned in her car and died at the scene, Pennington said.
The pickup rolled and the driver, Edilberto Lopez-Ramirez, 23, was able to "crawl out" of the vehicle, the South Jordan Police Department said in a news release. Police originally reported that he'd been ejected.
Lopez-Ramirez suffered injuries not considered to be life-threatening. He was taken to a local hospital.
After he was released from the hospital later Wednesday, Lopez-Ramirez was arrested for investigation of auto theft, automobile homicide, felony DUI, hit-and-run, reckless driving and driving with an invalid driver's license, the release stated.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, police said.1 comment on this story
As police investigated the crash, they also learned that the pickup had been reported stolen out of Herriman about an hour earlier. Then the vehicle got into a hit-and-run crash just down the road from the fatal crash, Pennington said. A woman involved in that incident, who was not injured, was still on the phone with 911 dispatchers when the second crash occurred.
"Detectives spoke with Mr. Lopez-Ramirez who admitted to stealing the vehicle, drinking beer before the crash, being involved in the hit-and-run and fleeing at a high speed, along with running the red light that took the life of Mrs. Iata," according to the police news release.