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Charges filed in death of woman found in WVC street

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 12:55:26-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Felony charges have been filed against the man believed responsible for the death of 21-year-old Hope Gabaldon, who was found badly injured on the side of a West Valley City street late last month.

Sergio Briseno Medina, 26, faces a first-degree felony charge of murder and a second-degree felony charge of obstructing justice in connection with Gabaldon’s death.

Person of interest identified in Hope Gabaldon homicide as Sergio Briseno Medina. Courtesy of West Valley City police

Sergio Medina faces felony charges in connection with the death of 21-year-old Hope Gabaldon.

Gabaldon was found lying on the side of the road in the area of 3100 S 4000 W around 10:30 p.m. on February 25. Medical personnel treated her at the scene, and she was then taken to a nearby hospital, where she died.

“Someone had discovered this woman lying at the side of the road, she was bleeding badly, they thought maybe she had been hit by a car and that the car had taken off,” said West Valley City Police Department spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku in an interview last month.

On February 28, Medina was detained by police in Denver, Colorado. At that time, he was named a person of interest in the case.