A pedestrian died Monday night after being struck by a car that then left the scene in American Fork — and police have now tracked down and arrested the driver.
Scott Sleator was walking near 280 E. Main St. in American Fork when he was hit about 8 p.m., according to police. Investigators originally said they weren’t sure if the individual who hit Sleator knew what happened because it was so dark.
On Wednesday, though, they reviewed surveillance footage and were able to follow the truck that hit him, narrowing down the neighborhood where the suspect likely lived. They later received a phone call, too, from someone reporting 37-year-old Darrell Day from that area as the driver.
That person, police say, convinced Day to turn himself in. Day did, telling police “he knew he struck a person but feared going to jail so he fled the scene,” according to a Wednesday night news release.
Police do not believe Day was distracted or impaired at the time of the crash.
He has been booked in Utah County jail on a felony count of failing to stop at an accident involving death.