Facebook Twitter

Victim in auto-pedestrian crash dies one week later, charges filed against driver

SHARE Victim in auto-pedestrian crash dies one week later, charges filed against driver
police_AdobeStock_298601376.jpg

Adobe Stock

The victim of an auto-pedestrian crash on Fort Union Boulevard in Midvale on March 23 has died from his injuries.

On Friday, the driver accused of hitting the man, Daniel Nelson Wilkinson, 47, of West Jordan, was charged in 3rd District Court with leaving the scene of an accident involving death and obstructing justice, both third-degree felonies; driving on a denied license, a class C misdemeanor; and failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, an infraction.

Wilkinson allegedly hit Craig Alan Waggoner, 67, with his minivan as Waggoner was crossing Fort Union at 900 East, according to charging documents. Witnesses told investigators that after the collision, Wilkinson stopped, got out of his minivan, “bent over and lifted the arm of the pedestrian, then dropped it to the ground” and drove away, the charges state.

Waggoner suffered a shattered pelvis, open leg fracture, a “major concussion” and lost consciousness, according to the charges. He had two surgeries. But after the second one, he complained of chest pain, fell into a coma, was placed on life support and died on Wednesday, according to the charges.

Another driver who witnessed the incident took a picture of Wilkinson’s vehicle while a second witness wrote down his license plate number, the charges state.

Detectives located the minivan in a storage facility where Wilkinson was in the process of repairing the damage caused by the crash, according to the charges.