Salt Lake City driver charged in pedestrian attacks linked to 2 more hit-and-runs

The 26-year-old man is now accused of hitting nine people with his car in a series of random attacks.

(Salt Lake City Police Department) A Salt Lake City police vehicle sits near the site where a driver crashed into a pedestrian and left the scene on March 11, 2024. Prosecutors on March 25, 2024, brought attempted murder charges against 26-year-old Anh Pham, who police linked to at least three other such crashes. They amended the charges Thursday to include two additional hit-and-run crashes linked to Pham.

The Salt Lake City man accused of plowing into six female pedestrians with his car in random attacks has been linked to two more hit-and-runs, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Anh Pham, 26, is now facing three additional attempted murder charges connected to a March 2 crash near 900 South 1300 East in Salt Lake City and another on March 12 near 166 N. T St. in Salt Lake City.

Pham had previously been charged in the following cases:

  • An Aug. 22, 2023, crash at 1000 West 500 South in Salt Lake City, involving a 36-year-old woman who was struck after the driving repeatedly asked her to get into his car.

  • A Feb. 24 crash near 1700 East and 11490 South in Sandy, where a 50-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter were struck and left lying on the road.

  • A Feb. 28 crash near Douglas and Laird avenues in Salt Lake City, where a 44 and 50-year-old woman were hit walking on the street after leaving an exercise class.

  • A March 11 crash near 600 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City, where a 20-year-old was struck and critically injured in a crosswalk.

When prosecutors initially filed charges against Pham late last month, they noted Pham was being investigated in connection with three additional crashes: two in Salt Lake County and another in Summit County.

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The additional charges filed Thursday are linked to the Salt Lake County crashes. A Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told The Salt Lake Tribune last week that Pham was a suspect in a crash there on March 5.

In the March 2 crash, according to prosecutors, Pham hit Dacia Davis and Ethan Macintosh as they crossed the street with friends and a dog in a crosswalk at about 11:15 p.m.

Security footage showed a white Toyota Avalon turning a corner, accelerating, then turning into oncoming traffic lanes to hit Davis, who was thrown over the Toyota and into the road, charging documents state.

She suffered a concussion and a broken hip. Macintosh avoided major injury by jumping out of the way, but was struck with the car’s side mirror. The dog was unharmed.

Ten days later, Salt Lake City police were called to another hit-and-run in the Avenues neighborhood. A woman, Jill Mortensen, told officers that she was walking south on T Street when she heard tires squeal and saw a white car speeding around a corner toward her, charging documents state.

Mortensen jumped behind some garbage cans, which the Toyota struck, pushing Mortensen to the ground where she lost consciousness and was concussed.

The next day, officers arrested Pham at Liberty Park. Investigators tracked down his car from a piece of bumper left at the March 11 crash site. They noted his car was heavily damaged.

Pham had initially denied being involved in that crash, but told police the car was his and “I don’t let anyone (else) drive,” charging documents state.

(Pool) A screenshot from 3rd District Court shows Anh Pham in a court appearance on March 27, 2024.

Pham is now facing nine counts of attempted murder, six counts of failure to stop at serious injury accident (a third-degree felony), and three counts of failure to stop at injury accident (a class A misdemeanor).

District Attorney Sim Gill, in a written statement announcing the amended charges, thanked police detectives and prosecutors for their “continual work on this case to help ensure justice for our community.”

Pham is next scheduled to appear in court May 9, court records indicate.