SANDY — A man was killed and a woman was "extremely" critically injured Thursday in two separate auto-pedestrian crashes in Utah.
About 12:40 p.m., Fernando Cruz La Vana, 44, was crossing at the intersection of 10400 South and Wasatch Boulevard in Sandy when he was hit by a Toyota Camry driven by a 68-year-old man, said Sandy Police Lt. Dean Carriger.
The intersection has stop signs but no stoplight, he said. La Vana was in a crosswalk when he was hit, Carriger said. Police were still investigating Thursday who had the right of way. The speed limit on that section of road is 35 mph.
Wasatch Boulevard was closed in that area as police investigated the crash.
Later Thursday afternoon, a woman was "extremely" critically injured after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the highway, officials said.
The woman, estimated to be in her 50s, was crossing in the area of 3000 West on state Route 147 at about 6400 South near Benjamin, Utah County, about 6:25 p.m., the Utah Highway Patrol reported. She was in the road to put out her trash can, the UHP said.Comment on this story
The woman was struck by a westbound vehicle, UHP Sgt. Jacob Cox said. He said there was poor lighting in the area at the time.
The UHP said the vehicle was traveling the speed limit of 50 mph. Troopers said the woman might have impaired vision and was wearing dark clothing at the time, which contributed to the crash.
Impairment or distraction are not suspected as factors in the crash, the UHP said.
Both directions of the highway were shut down in the area as troopers investigated the cause of the crash.