Ogden PD hopes ‘conscience’ gets to person in deadly hit-and-run

Posted at 7:04 PM, Dec 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-25 23:42:42-05

OGDEN -- It has been a year since David Saures was hit-and-killed while walking to a homeless shelter to get out of the cold on Christmas Eve.

But Ogden police said Wednesday they are no closer to catching the person responsible for the crash. Instead, authorities are hoping that person is has a "conscience" that prompts them to finally turn themselves in.

"What we're looking for now is maybe somebody that knows what happened and maybe wants to clear their conscience a little bit," said Ogden Police Lt. Steve Zaccardi.

Saures, 56, was walking across busy Wall Ave., toward St. Anne's Center on Christmas Eve last year, when he was struck by a car. Instead of stopping, police said, the vehicle sped off into the night.

Police on Wednesday described the vehicle as a dark-colored four-door sedan that would have had front-end damage and would also be missing a windshield wiper that Saures grabbed as he rolled off the vehicle.

Saures' death prompted protests amongst the homeless in Ogden and the Utah Department of Transportation eventually installed a crosswalk at the intersection of Binford St. and Wall Ave. The intersection has been plagued with speeding cars and people playing a real-life version of "Frogger" as they attempt to get across the road without getting hit.

State law dictates that cars must stop for pedestrians at intersections, regardless of whether there is a marked crosswalk. Within the past year, four people have been hit and killed in that same area.

St. Anne's Center director Jenni Canter told FOX 13 that while grateful for the intersection, they hoped more could be done to prevent people from dying.

Canter also said Wednesday she was hoping that whomever hit Saures would come forward.

"I feel very sad for the family. We all feel very bad for the family because David's family doesn't have closure," she said. "There's no... no one's come forward. We hope someone would come forward."

After a woman died last month in the crosswalk after being hit by a car, Rev. Robert Hall of Lighthouse Ministries took it upon himself to act as a crossing guard. Dressed in an orange safety vest, carrying an orange warning flag and waving a flashlight, he shepherds homeless people across the street to St. Anne's.

Hall escorted people across the four lane road. Despite his safety equipment, cars still sped by. Some tried to beat him through the crosswalk, others seemed oblivious anyone was even there.

"There's been many deaths here," he told FOX 13. "Two from our own congregation."

Hall believes there is strength in numbers. He asked for volunteers willing to help him each night as crossing guards from 5:30-7:30. The two hour commitment ensures that the homeless get to St. Anne's or the Ogden Rescue Mission, whose doors open at 6 p.m.

"We believe that there's enough love in the community to come together and befriend the people in the mission and the shelters," he said. "Through love, something will be done."

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Rev. Hall at Lighthouse Ministries in South Ogden.

Ogden police said anyone with tips about the crash that killed Saures could call 801-629-8200. Calls can remain anonymous.