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Salt Lake police making progress in search for driver who crashed into vehicle, killing teen

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police say they are making progress in the search for a driver who hit another vehicle in June, resulting in the death of a 17-year-old passenger.

After the crash, the male driver ran away, but he left behind an assortment of drug-related items in his car, according to newly unsealed search warrant affidavits.

On June 21, just before 7 a.m., a GMC Sierra going “very fast” ran a red light at the intersection of Redwood Road and North Temple and struck the passenger side door of a 2003 Nissan Sentra, the affidavit states.

A 17-year-old boy in the Nissan was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. He died on June 29 after remaining in a coma for eight days, according to the affidavit. Salt Lake police have not released the boy's name.

After the crash, witnesses told police that the man driving the GMC grabbed a bag and ran, the warrant states.

The vehicle was seized and impounded by police. During a search of the vehicle, police found a handgun reported stolen out of West Jordan, marijuana plants, heroin, Suboxone, “a duffle bag containing a large quantity of small zip-lock bags and rubber bands,” and two bullet casings in the center console, according to the warrant.

The vehicle was processed for DNA evidence.

Anyone with information on the driver can call police at 801-799-3000.