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Man with history of driving offenses charged with hitting boy on bike

Robert Valdovinos
Robert Valdovinos
Salt Lake County Jail

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man was charged Wednesday with hitting a boy riding a bicycle and then driving off.

Robert Valdovinos, 25, is charged in 3rd District Court with failing to stop for a serious injury accident, a third-degree felony, plus operating a vehicle without an interlock device and driving on a suspended or revoked license, class B misdemeanors.

On July 16, a 6-year-old boy was riding his bike across the intersection of Catherine Street and Leadville Avenue in Salt Lake City when he was hit by a car.

“The vehicle failed to stop and drove away, dragging the bicycle beneath it,” charging documents state.

The boy suffered an optical fracture, closed skull fracture and a “mild complicated traumatic brain injury,” according to court documents.

Valdovinos eventually walked back to the scene and told officers he was “scared” and drove home after the crash, the charges state. Police found Valdovinos’ car in his driveway with “the bicycle still wedged beneath it.”

Investigators later learned that Valdovinos had never obtained a driver’s license and was also required to have an interlock device in his car, the charges state.

The charges are the latest in a series of driving offenses for Valdovinos, according to state court records.

  • In January, he was convicted in Salt Lake City Justice Court of not having an interlock device in his vehicle. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
  • In December, Valdovinos was convicted of operating a vehicle without insurance. A charge of driving without an interlock device was dismissed.
  • He was once again convicted of not having an interlock device in 2016 in Provo Justice Court and placed on probation.
  • In 2015, Valdovinos was convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license in Murray Justice Court in exchange for other misdemeanor violations being dismissed. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail.
  • That same year, he was convicted in Utah County Justice Court of driving on a suspended or revoked license and failing to appear in court and was issued a fine.
  • In 2014, Valdovinos pleaded guilty to DUI in exchange for other alcohol-related offenses, including possession of alcohol by a minor, being dismissed. He was ordered to perform three days of community service in lieu of jail time, and placed on one year of probation.
  • He was also cited in 2013 for driving while never obtaining a license.