Suspect in fatal hit-and-run arrested

Posted at 11:49 AM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 18:23:35-04

KEARNS, Utah — A woman suspected of hitting and killing a 50-year-old man, then leaving the scene, has been arrested.

Ronald Renfro, 50, died on Sept. 24 after he was hit by a car while crossing the street at 7200 S in Midvale.

Eyewitnesses told police a blonde woman was driving the vehicle that struck Renfro. Police identified 31-year-old Mika Lindquist as a person of interest.

An arrest warrant for Lindquist was issued on Sept. 28 after she failed to appear in court on drug possession charges and a charge of failure to register a vehicle.


Mug shot: Mika Lindquist

On Sept. 29, five days after the incident, police officially named Lindquist as a suspect in the hit-and-run case.

Police said they had spoken to Lindquist about the hit-and-run over the phone, but she had refused to speak with detectives in person.

“She definitely had eluded our investigators and, as well, had played […] a little cat and mouse with them and not responding but also trying to string them along in a way,” said Lt. Lex Bell, Unified Police Department. “We’re real happy to have her in jail right now where we can hopefully reach a resolution on this case and bring some justice to this poor guy.”

On Tuesday morning, an off-duty Murray police officer saw Lindquist sleeping in a rental car in the parking lot of a convenience store in Kearns. The officer questioned Lindquist, learned she had an outstanding arrest warrant and took her into custody.