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Man recovering after falling victim to second hit & run in three years

Posted at 10:56 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 00:56:12-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The family of a man who was hit by a car on Sunday night in Salt Lake City says he was also a hit-and-run victim roughly three years ago.

32-year-old Johnny Duran was hit by a car at 1300 South and State Street just after 9 p.m. Sunday.

According to Salt Lake City Police, a car ran a red light, hit another car in the intersection and then struck Duran before driving off.

“He said when he looked up he didn’t have not even a chance," said Gilberto Martinez, Duran's father.

“Nothing’s that important to take somebody out like that.”

Duran's mother told FOX 13 that he had been walking back from getting something to eat. Three years ago, Duran was hit by a car near Edison Elementary. She said that the suspect in the incident was never located.

"It’s not just him (Johnny) he (the driver) could have killed," said Martinez. "(The driver) could have killed the people that were going through the green light or whoever else was standing on the side of the road.”

According to Duran's family, he suffered injuries to his left arm and leg, which required surgery on his femur. He also has staples in the back of his head and stitches on his face.

Salt Lake City Police told FOX 13 they do have a suspect. They plan to issue a summons for the suspect versus an arrest due to booking policies for potential misdemeanor crimes during the pandemic.