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South Salt Lake police arrest man in connection with fatal auto-pedestrian crash

Ryan Conrad Kidrick
Ryan Conrad Kidrick
Salt Lake County Jail

SOUTH SALT LAKE — South Salt Lake police have arrested a man who allegedly ran over two men, killing one and critically injuring another, and then drove off.

Ryan Conrad Kidrick, 40, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, and failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious injury.

Kidrick's arrest culminates a nearly monthlong search that began March 9 when he allegedly hit Michael Corby Westover, 42, of Salt Lake City, and another man while they were crossing 3300 South in a crosswalk near Main Street. Westover was pronounced dead and the other man was treated for critical injuries.

"As the vehicle approached the intersection the light turned green for the vehicle to go east. The vehicle continued through the green light and struck the two pedestrians. The vehicle braked for a brief second when it struck the pedestrians. The vehicle then accelerated and ran the two pedestrians over. One went under the vehicle and was ran over," according to a Salt Lake County Jail booking report.

As the Deseret News reported Tuesday, several pieces of car debris were left on the road after the crash, according to a search warrant affidavit. Detectives used those car parts to determine the SUV that hit the men was a Chevy Trailblazer.

The warrant also revealed that another driver who had a dash camera recorded the incident.

"The vehicle then speeds off and makes no attempt to stop," the investigating officer wrote in his warrant after viewing the video.

On March 10, police searching the area found a 2004 black Chevrolet Trailblazer parked in the back of the LeVail Chateau Apartments, 3480 S. 300 East. Based on the damage to the SUV, investigators determined it was the vehicle that hit the men, the warrant states.

But after collecting data on the man who is the registered owner of the SUV, detectives determined he was not the driver that night, the report states.

Kidrick lives about a block away from where the SUV was "ditched," according to the report. Detectives learned this information after interviewing the SUV's registered owner.

Police did not say Wednesday what lead them to believe Kidrick was a suspect. But when Kidrick's photo was placed in a lineup for the other driver who witnessed the crash to go through, "The witness picked (Kidrick) out of the photo lineup," the report states.

According to court records, Kidrick was convicted in South Salt Lake Justice Court in August of failing to remain at the scene of an accident and driving on a denied license. Kidrick also has a lengthy criminal history of mostly drug-related convictions, court records state.