A Salt Lake City man who reportedly ran over another man with his car on purpose was arrested and charged after he recorded a video of himself admitting to the crime, according to police.
The 24-year-old suspect was charged in 3rd District Court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony.
On Feb. 21, police received a report that a pedestrian had been injured in a hit and run. When they arrived at 900 E. 2000 South, they found the victim lying in the road.
Witnesses told officers that earlier they had seen the victim break out the back window of a red Hyundai, and when the car’s owner returned, the owner and two friends chased the victim, but he eluded them.
Later, while driving about 40 mph north on 900 East, the suspect saw the victim again, this time in a crosswalk, and swerved into the southbound lane, hitting the man and sending him flying several yards.
Not only was it caught on surveillance video, but, according to a probable cause statement, the suspect “used his cell phone to record the damage to the back window and explain the damage to the front of the car was caused” by hitting the victim. Police wrote that the suspect also admitted to them that he intentionally hit the victim.
The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He suffered a broken leg, bulging spinal disk, facial trauma and severe head trauma, and was placed on life support. According to the charges, as of Wednesday, he remains intubated in critical condition and is scheduled for additional surgery.
The suspect was booked into the Salt Lake County jail, where he is being held without bail.