Suspect in hit-and-run crash arrested, victim remains in medically-induced coma

Posted at 4:28 PM, Nov 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-21 23:17:38-05

KEARNS, Utah – Ten days after a hit-and-run crash that left a skateboarder in critical condition, police have arrested the man believed to be responsible.

Police said 21-year-old Justin Manual Armendariz was skateboarding north on 400 West earlier this month when he was struck by a vehicle, which left the scene.

Friday, West Valley City police announced they had arrested Joseph Crecencio Granados, 34, and booked him into jail on charges that include felony hit and run, felony DUI and reckless driving.

Armendariz was struck around 7:30 p.m. on November 11, and police said the vehicle that hit him had been involved in another hit-and-run crash prior to the impact that injured Armendariz.

Armendariz suffered, “serious bodily injury including leg and head injuries,” according to a press release from West Valley City police, and he remains in a medically induced coma and is listed to be in critical but stable condition.

Police had previously located the car involved in the crash a short distance from the scene, but it was empty. Granados was identified as a person of interest after police learned he owned the vehicle, and subsequent investigation found evidence Granados was driving the vehicle when the crash occurred.

Granados was arrested Friday around 2:30 p.m. by West Valley City police at the man's home, which is in Kearns. The arrest was completed without incident.