Man injured on I-80 dies, police seek driver who hit him

Posted at 2:58 PM, Oct 19, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY – Police officials said Saturday that the driver of a semitrailer who was critically injured after a vehicle accident died Friday afternoon, and on Saturday police are searching for the vehicle they believe hit the man after he got out of his damaged truck.

Investigators said 53-year-old Mark Hoggard of Sandy struck a barrier on the I-80 eastbound off ramp to I-15 southbound and 600 South and then got out of his vehicle and walked behind the crash, possibly to warn other motorists.

According to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol, evidence at the crash scene suggests a Geo Metro from between model years 1995 and 2001 may have been involved in the crash. Authorities said the vehicle is missing a left mirror.

Police said Hoggard’s injuries are consistent with someone involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, and they said they have not been contacted by anyone stating they were involved in the accident.

Police ask anyone with information about the accident or a vehicle matching the description above to contact dispatch officials at 801-887-3800.