A West Valley man was being held for investigation of automobile homicide Monday after his car hit and killed a pedestrian who was walking in the emergency lane of I-15 near 100 South Saturday.
Jose P. Limon, 25, Wendover, Utah, was pronounced dead at LDS Hospital after the 11 p.m. accident. Limon is described by police as a transient who slept under an overpass near where he was killed.Limon was wrapped in a dark blanket when he was hit by a car driven by Rodney C. Ulibarri, 26, West Valley City. "He hit the windshield on the driver's side and the blanket blocked the passenger's view so neither occupant of the car could tell us what happened," Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Gil Garcia said.
Limon apparently was thrown onto the hood of the car, into the windshield and then over the top of the car, Garcia said. The driver stopped and the passenger found the victim on the right shoulder of the road.
Garcia said it's common for pedestrians to cross the six-lane freeway at that spot. The lights along the freeway are never turned on in that area. "Without lighting, it's difficult to see anyone along here - the victim was dressed in dark clothing," Garcia said.
Ulibarri was treated at LDS Hospital for facial lacerations before he was booked into jail.
Southbound traffic on I-15 was blocked by emergency equipment for about 45 minutes.