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IVINS – A bicyclist was killed Tuesday night by an apparent hit-and-run on Old Highway 91 near the Kayenta community of Ivins.
“What we have appears to be a hit and run,” Holt said. “A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle, but we don’t have any other information right now.”
Emergency responders closed off Old Highway 91 between W. 400 South and Kayenta Parkway in Ivins for an indefinite period of time Tuesday night to address and investigate the scene of a fatal accident that occurred sometime around 7:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday.
A passerby saw the victim, an adult male who was dead on scene, lying on the road and contacted the police, Holt said.
Santa Clara-Ivins City Police are in the process of contacting the man’s next of kin. No description of the vehicle has been determined, Holt said, but police are seeking help from the public.
Ivins Resident Beau Davis told St. George News that he was returning from deer hunting near Cedar City, with his wife and baby, and was among the first people on scene.
As he came down the hill toward Kayenta, Davis said, he saw a car with its flashers on parked off the right side of the road and he also saw something in the middle of the road that at first he mistook for a deer. But then, he said, a car driving toward him hit the object causing it to fly into the air, at which point it looked like a bike or a chair.
“It didn’t really look like a bike,” he said. “I couldn’t really tell what it was because there were pieces all over the road.”
The man with the car with flashing lights waved his arms to stop both Davis and the other car that had hit the bike-type object. At that moment, Davis pulled his truck over and got out to help, he said.
The man from the car with the flashing lights said he had been traveling west from Ivins and saw a man in the road and had pulled over and called 911, Davis said.
Davis and the man who had flagged him down along with the driver of the vehicle that had hit the bike-type object checked the man in the road, he said, who appeared to have been hit more than once.
“Me and this guy, I never got his name, checked the neck and wrist for a pulse and it was very faint.”
Within 10-15 minutes of when he stopped, Davis said, traffic was building up heading toward Ivins.
“I jumped up to get traffic stopped and started telling people to go through Kayenta,” he said. “These people were coming over the hill at 50 miles per hour and 20 to 30 minutes later the cops were there.”
On Wednesday, verifying actual police response time, Holt said that Santa Clara-Ivins City Police were dispatched at 19:48:03, or 7:48 p.m., and arrived on scene at 19:50:20, or 7:50 p.m., about two minutes from receiving the call.
Davis said he had to turn 60 cars around toward Kayenta, within 15 minutes of being on scene, as hunters were returning from the deer hunt just after dark.
“It was that time of night during the deer hunt and that road was real busy,” he said. “Who knows what happened.”
Police ask public for help
“We are just asking citizens to look for any vehicles with front-end damage that looks fresh,” Holt said; “if they see some vehicle drive around late at night with headlights out or front-end damage to contact police – anyone that has information we ask them to contact the police as well.”
Anyone with information may telephone 911 or call Santa Clara-Ivins Police tip line: Telephone 435-673-8488 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highway 91 remains blocked off during the reconstruction of the incident and Utah Highway Patrol was called in Tuesday evening to assist in the incident.
Motorists coming from the Arizona side toward Ivins and Santa Clara will detour at the Kayenta Parkway turnoff; those traveling from the Santa Clara-Ivins side will detour at W. 400 South.
This is a developing report based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings. Refresh page for updates which will be posted as information is obtained.
Update Oct. 22, 11:20 a.m.
As of Wednesday morning, police have a suspect in custody and a vehicle has been impounded, Holt said. This is a developing investigation.
The times of police dispatch and arrival on scene were also confirmed by Holt, as added to the report above.
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