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Police find car that hit, killed man who confronted driver about dog

FILE "“ Police have found and impounded a black Lexus they believe hit and killed a man who had earlier confronted the driver Wednesday about how he was treating a dog.
FILE "“ Police have found and impounded a black Lexus they believe hit and killed a man who had earlier confronted the driver Wednesday about how he was treating a dog.
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TAYLORSVILLE — Police have found and impounded a black Lexus they believe hit and killed a man who had earlier confronted the driver about how he was treating a dog.

West Valley Police said in a tweet Friday that the car was empty when they found it parked in a Taylorsville neighborhood. They impounded the sedan and are still investigating the homicide, the agency said.

Jeremy Hardman, 47, of West Valley City, was killed in the crash at the intersection of 4100 South and 3600 West about 3:40 p.m Wednesday.

Police say Hardman and a friend were arguing with the man shortly before the man made a U-turn and hit Hardman in a crosswalk. Hardman died at the scene.

Earlier, Hardman had confronted the man for "being rough with a dog," West Valley spokesman Sam Johnson has said.

West Valley police described the suspect who they say intentionally hit Hardman as in his late 20s or early 30s, with a muscular build and brown hair in a buzz cut.

The Humane Society of Utah praised Hardman in a Thursday statement, saying he is a hero.

No further details about the case have been released.