ST. GEORGE — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Nevada man who claimed responsibility for a hit-and-run incident on Old Highway 91 in October 2014 that killed 57-year-old Steven Jed Canfield who was riding a hand-crank trike near the Kayenta Community of Ivins.
Gary William Fairse, 33, of Mesquite, Nevada, was scheduled to appear in 5th District Court in St. George Tuesday on charges brought by the Washington County Attorney for third-degree felony failure to remain at the accident involving Canfield’s death. The summons was returned unserved and Fairse failed to make his initial appearance, Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap said. The court issued a warrant for Fairse’s arrest.
On the evening of Oct. 21, 2014, Fairse was traveling westbound on Old Highway 91 near the Kayenta Community of Ivins when his car struck and killed Canfield, who was riding a hand-crank trike, Santa Clara-Ivins City Police Officer Chad Holt said.
Fairse, who was driving a passenger car, left the scene of the accident, unaware, he said to police, that the object he hit in the road was actually a person. Once he heard reports of the accident, he called and told police he caused it.
Sometime after the incident, Fairse moved from the address in which his court summons was sent and it was returned to the court, Belnap said. Due to the lack of knowledge regarding Fairse’s whereabouts, the court put out a warrant for his arrest.
“Once that comes through and he is located,” Belnap said, “court will proceed.”
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