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Layton man hit, killed while sitting in Lehi road, police say

Police on Friday were trying to determine why a Layton man sat down in the middle of a dark Lehi road, where he was eventually being hit and killed by a passing vehicle.
Police on Friday were trying to determine why a Layton man sat down in the middle of a dark Lehi road, where he was eventually being hit and killed by a passing vehicle.
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LEHI — Police on Friday were trying to determine why a Layton man sat down in the middle of a dark road, where he was eventually hit and killed by a passing vehicle.

Just before 8 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the area of 3300 W. Pilgrim's Loop in Lehi where Miguel Angel Herrera, 41, had been hit and killed by a car.

"For some reason, we don't know why and I don't know that we'll ever get an answer why, but he was sitting in the travel lane in dark clothing," said Lehi Police Sgt. Jeff Swenson.

The area was poorly lit, and the driver had no chance to see the man, Swenson said.

Prior to being hit, the Utah Highway Patrol received reports of a man running across I-15 and nearly being hit by several cars, he said. Investigators later found Herrera's vehicle parked along the freeway shoulder near Cabela's. They believe after leaving his car, Herrera walked about a quarter-mile to the area where he was hit.

Investigators had not yet found any evidence to indicate that Herrera was suicidal, intoxicated or had a medical issue.

"We don't even know why he was down in this area," the sergeant said.

Herrera worked in Ogden, but did not show up for work Thursday. Swenson said detectives were working to re-trace Herrera's steps and find out where he had been.

— Pat Reavy