Driver shaves head to avoid arrest following fatal hit-and-run accident

Salt Lake County Jail
Posted at 2:26 PM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-19 16:26:12-04

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A driver who fled a fatal hit-and-run accident in Murray Thursday shaved his head to avoid being identified and arrested.

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After driving into a utility pole in Murray, Francisco Jesus Madrid, 30, left the passenger inside the vehicle and left the scene in a taxi. The unnamed passenger later died from his injuries.

Police say Madrid took the taxi to a Salt Lake City motel. Informed that Madrid was in the motel, police watched him exit his room and board a Trax train.

The probable cause affidavit says Madrid was wearing a bandana to cover his face and had shaved his head.

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Police followed the train until it arrived at its next stop and apprehended Madrid, who had "fresh injuries to his face and hands consistent with being involved in a recent accident."

After being read his Miranda rights, Madrid admitted to driving the vehicle and had fallen asleep at the wheel.