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Fatal auto-pedestrian accident in West Valley City

Published January 17, 2014 8:14 am

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A man died Friday morning in an auto-pedestrian accident in West Valley City.

The accident occurred about 6:45 a.m. at 2700 West and 4270 South as 59-year-old Chris Larsen, who worked at a nearby grocery store, was crossing east to west.

A southbound compact car, believed to be traveling at 40 mph, struck the victim just as he stepped into traffic, said WVCPD Lt. Dalan Taylor.

Witnesses, police officers and then paramedics attempted CPR, but Larsen was pronounced dead at the scene from massive head and chest trauma, Taylor said.

The accident remained under investigation, but police suspect poor lighting of the intersection on a dark morning may have contributed.

There is not a crosswalk at the intersection, Taylor said.