WEST VALLEY CITY – A woman was hit and killed by a pickup truck on Redwood Road in West Valley City Saturday night, and witnesses report the woman had run into the street after her dog.
The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. near 3400 South Redwood Road, and Sunday officials identified the woman as 41-year-old Stacey Craig.
“It appears that she was in the number three, southbound lane,” said Lt. Dalan Taylor of the West Valley City Police Department. “…The pickup truck was southbound, didn’t see her in that lane, and ended up striking her. The paramedics pronounced her deceased here on scene.”
A press release issued later Sunday states, “a witness observed the dog run into the street and Stacey chase after it. Stacey was struck by a southbound pickup truck being driven by a 25 year old man.”
Taylor said it appears the woman had been out walking her dog, but it’s not clear how the animal got loose.
There were no other reports of injuries, and the dog that was with the woman was uninjured and has been given over to animal control.
The driver of the truck remained at the scene and was cooperating with police.
“He’s pretty shaken up about the whole thing, but he is cooperative,” Taylor said.
Taylor said the collision is under investigation, and, as is standard procedure in fatal incidents, they will test all parties involved to determine if any were under the influence. Later Sunday, Taylor said they still had more evidence to go through, but at this point it appears to be a tragic and “unavoidable” accident caused when the woman entered the street to chase the animal.
Several people at a nearby club witnessed the crash, and police are interviewing those witnesses to determine more about what happened.